Microsoft Office alternative, OpenOffice, will ship in a native version for OS X next month. is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

Until now the software has required that users install the X11 Window System, a graphical interface that lets Unix-based applications work on Macs. The new version of the software won't require X11, and will work just like any other OS X-native application.

A huge collection of screenshots of the application running natively on a Mac are available on an OpenOffice developer website.

The release also seems likely to debut at OOoCon in Lyon, France, which runs between 11-13 September.