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Additionally, in March 2012, in the context of donating IBM Lotus Symphony to the Apache Open Office project, IBM expressed a preference for permissive licenses, such as the Apache license, over copyleft license.In September 2016, Open Office's project management committee chair Dennis Hamilton began a discussion of possibly discontinuing the project, after the Apache board had put them on monthly reporting due to the project's ongoing problems handling security issues.In January 2015 the project reported a lack of active developers and code contributions and that they were "still struggling in involving new volunteers who can independently work on big developments".IBM, to whom Oracle had contractual obligations concerning the code, appears to have preferred that Open be spun out to the Apache Software Foundation above other options or being abandoned by Oracle.Apache Open Office is a close cousin of Libre Office and Neo Office.It contains a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a presentation application (Impress), a drawing application (Draw), a formula editor (Math), and a database management application (Base).
Can export presentations to Adobe Flash (SWF) files, allowing them to be played on any computer with a Flash player installed.Open Office Basic is available in Writer, Calc and Base.Base can function as a front-end to a number of different database systems, including Access databases (JET), ODBC data sources and My SQL/Postgre SQL. Apache Open Office includes Open Office Basic, a programming language similar to Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).Apache Open Office has some Microsoft VBA macro support.
A tool for creating and editing mathematical formulae, analogous to Microsoft Equation Editor or Math Type.
Formulae can be embedded inside other Apache Open Office documents, such as those created by Writer. A database management program analogous to Microsoft Access.