International OpenOffice market shares

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Due to the strong international interest in our study on OpenOffice's market share in Germany, we've compiled some numbers on international OpenOffice installations.

The numbers were collected using a novel methodology: Over two hundred thousand international visitors where analysed by the web statistics service FlashCounter. By checking (using Javascript) which fonts where installed on the system, we could identify the installed Office suites.

It is interesting to see that the adoption of OpenOffice shows huge differences in the analysed countries.

The following table shows the percentage of analysed visitors which have installed a certain Office suite on their computer:

CountryOpenOfficeMS OfficeApple iWorkWordPerfect
Poland 22 % 68 % 0.3 % 1.4 %
Czech Republic 22 % 76 % 0.1 % 1.3 %
Germany 21 % 72 % 1.4 % 2.7 %
France 19 % 76 % 2.9 % 0.5 %
Italy 18 % 81 % 1.5 % 0.9 %
Spain 15 % 80 % 1.9 % 1.5 %
18 %
71 %
2.0 %
0.5 %
14 % 79 %
2.5 %
1.1 %
Belgium 14 % 85 % 1.9 % 1.1 %
Sweden 13 % 68 % 1.8 % 0.2 %
Austria 12 % 85 % 1.8 % 2.2 %
Luxembourg 12 % 81 % 3.7 % 0.7 %
Switzerland 11 % 85 % 3.4 % 1.2 %
Canada 11 % 79 % 3.4 % 4.0 %
Hungary 11 % 77 % 0.7 % 1.4 %
Australia 10 % 78 % 3.6 % 0.9 %
United States 9 % 75 % 3.3 % 3.7 %
United Kingdom 9 % 80 % 2.6 % 0.7 %
Netherlands 8 % 88 % 1.7 % 0.9 %
Brazil 8 % 85 % 0.7 % 2.0 %
Romania 8 % 67 % 0.3 % 0.5 %
Ukraine 7 % 80 % 0.4 % 1.5 %
Bulgaria 7 % 77 % 0.2 % 2.2 %
Russian Federation 6 % 76 % 0.2 % 1.3 %
Turkey 5 % 82 % 0.1 % 0.8 %
India 5 % 88 % 0.3 % 4.1 %
China 0.2 % 68 % 0.1 % 0.2 %

SoftMaker Office and KOffice (Version 1.6) have market shares below 0.3% in all of the countries. The share of OpenOffice includes StarOffice, IBM Lotus Symphony and other smaller OpenOffice derivatives.

About half the OpenOffice users run it in addition to an installed MS Office. This may be due to expired Office 2007 test versions that are often pre-installed on newer windows computers. Other explanations are that these users are just testing one of the office suites or are in the transition process.

We argue that the numbers reflect a realistic picture as the results correlate with certain parameters:

1. Many of the leading countries have switched to OpenOffice (or the ODF file format) in their public administration, education system or in several municipal governments. (Examples from Denmark, Germany, Spain, full list at

2. Most of the countries that show a big market share of OpenOffice also have a strong adoption of "alternative" Browsers, like Firefox. Poland and Germany for example both have about 50% Firefox users.

3. The strong adoption of OpenOffice in Germany can be a result that it originated from StarOffice, developed in Germany. Canada shows the strongest WordPerfect market share (4%), which perfectly reflects the fact that it is developed by the Canadian software company Corel.

The error margin on OpenOffice may be as large as ±5% (MS Office ±15%), but the numbers can still be compared to each other and they reflect the magnitude of OpenOffice adoption in different countries around the world. The results are a bit more error-prone compared to the original study in Germany: the sample of international visitors analysed in our website statistic service FlashCounter is smaller since it is mostly used on German websites. However, detection errors, disabled or blocked Javascript (<2%), false positives (due to fonts manually installed) and systematic errors are included in the error margins stated above. More on the methodology can be found in the original German analysis (in German). The service is provided by Team23 Internetagentur

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Market share "ODF compatible"

Would there be a way of identifiying the version of Microsoft Office (along with Service Pack number) by checking the fonts installed on the system? Maybe also for WordPerfect?

I think this would lead to an interesting set of statistics as of June 2010 (release of MS Office 2010): "Market share of ODF compatible office suites". The count for Microsoft Office could be split up into all versions before Office 2007 (SP2) and after. Then the count for the office suites OpenOffice; WordPerfect from version X4; Microsoft Office from version 2007 (SP2); and KOffice could be identified separately and then added together.

The result would answer the following question: On how many computers (percentage by country) is the user able to open and edit an Open Document Format file?

Best regards,


Edward_Viesel am 23.02.2010 um 16:52
Re: Market share "ODF compatible"

This is a very nice idea. But I can not detect the Service Pack number. Only if it is Office 2007. And I have to see if i can detect Office 2010.

But I will investigate further on this and write about it in the next market share report.

Thomas H am 24.02.2010 um 09:51
Lotus Symphony

I checked, and you say that you checked for the presence of the font OpenSymbol to determine the OpenOffice.

I do have Notes 8.5.2CDx installed on my Mac (it includes embeded Symphony) and also Symphony 1.2.1 as a stand-alone app - but I do not have this font in the system. And I also checked my windows machine with Lotus Notes 8.5.1 (again, with embeded Symphony) - The font is not there!

Have you checked for something else, or is it that Symphony is not included in the results?

dichter am 09.02.2010 um 14:34
Re: Lotus Symphony

Indeed. The installer of Lotus Symphony includes the Font. But it is not installed in the font directory of the System, so it is not accessible for other Programs. Thank you for your hint. I removed Lotus Symphony from the list.

Thomas H am 10.02.2010 um 17:02
Chinese derivates


first of all thanks for this interesting study. I have some question.

Does your method also cover Chinese OOo derivates like RedOffice ( or NeoShine Office (, as they might package different fonts sets than OOo? Do you have a significant number of undetermined results for China, that could be causes by such effects?

Best regards,


Peter Junge am 08.02.2010 um 16:51
Re: Chinese derivates

We could not get RedOffice installed on our systems, since we are missing Chinese localization or something like this. But it looks like RedOffice installs the OpenSymbol font as well, according to this post.

Thomas H am 11.02.2010 um 11:54
Re: Chinese derivates

Hi Peter,

I'm pretty sure that the Chinese OO derivates get detected correctly since the font that we detect is used for bullets etc. in OpenOffice and therefore is also used in the derivates. But I will investigate more on that. The low number of OO installs in China comes along with a ≈ 90 % IE market share, especially a > 50% IE 6 market share. So the adoption of OpenSource or new Software is pretty slow there.

Thomas H am 09.02.2010 um 08:53
Re: Chinese derivates

Hi Thomas,

in between I had a deeper look at your methodology. As well, I have been trying RedOffice 4.5 personal edition for Windows (install on XP, but fails on windows 7) and several versions on NeoShine Office I was able to find. Unfortunately not the latest NeoShine Office version for windows. I would say you should certainly detect RedOffice, but I'm not sure about NeoShine. If you are interested I could introduce you to both companies. I have been working for RedOffice before and I also know one or two guys at CS2C. I guess you should be able to send me a message using the infrastructure of this website.

No joke, most Chinese websites are designed to be used with IE6, later versions or alternative browsers like Mozilla often do not work at all. Just an example from the Beijing LUG:


Peter Junge am 15.02.2010 um 06:04

First of all: Nice stats. In nearly every country the missing gap to 100% is within the error margins, except China (or Romania). Do you know how to fill this gap?

Holger V am 07.02.2010 um 12:03
Re: China

There is no gap. On many computers there is no Office installed.

Thomas H am 08.02.2010 um 09:27