Perhaps it's the recession but there's increased interest in the completely free and powerfully well-featured OpenOffice alternative to Microsoft Office. According to one report, over three million copies of OpenOffice 3 were downloaded within its first week of being made available, and over five million copies have been downloaded so far.

The report reveals that 320,622 Mac OS X users chose to download the software, which now runs natively on Mac for the first time, although the Mac downloads were dwarfed by the OpenOffice assault on Microsoft turf - seems 2,449,863 Windows users downloaded the software.

OpenOffice offers applications for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common platforms. It's available for free download here.