Apache OpenOffice Hits 50 Million Downloads Milestone

“We are pleased to note that yesterday we reached the 50 million download mark for Apache OpenOffice 3.4. This milestone occurred within a few days of the first anniversary of the release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4., on May 8th, 2012” noted The Apache Foundation in a blog post.

Providing further insight into the number of downloads by the day, The Foundation has noted that “The average daily download count is 134,900, with a peak day of 197,500.”

The OpenOffice suite saw nearly 80% of downloads coming from Windows users with the rest of them coming from Linux and Mac OS X. The bulk of the Windows downloads came from Windows 7 users (nearly 60%), 30% coming from Windows XP. Following the release of Windows 8 there has been a steady increase in the number of downloads coming from such systems at the expense of other versions of Windows.

The reason there are less number of Linux downloads is that currently almost all major distributions ship with the LibreOffice fork. The foundation has also provided an insight into the Linux packaging and it is evident that both the packaging formats – RPM & .deb – are more or less in a one-to-one split fashion with the balance shifting between the two over the course of one year.