Mac OS X is not the only platform with improved integration for OpenOffice.org 3.0. There's an unspoken rule on Windows platforms that applications must provide start link icons from the desktop. It's expected. It's tradition. It's how people start applications on Windows. Without desktop icons, an application is not fully integrated in Windows and cannot earn the coveted "Designed for Windows" bezel.
Though OpenOffice.org may not be seeking certification, it can now be considered "fully integrated" as OpenOffice.org 3.0 adds the install-time option of installing this necessary icon. I propose a new packaging sticker:
But seriously, this important usability feature is available in OpenOffice.org 3.0.
How to install the desktop shortcut
The last step of the OpenOffice.org 3 for Windows installation provides the option, which is enabled by default. Just click Install.
Then, the friendly icon will greet you on your desktop.
Clicking on this launcher brings up the new start center.
Everything should be this easy.
Those with older OpenOffice.org versions can easily add a desktop icon. In Windows or KDE (Linux), drag OpenOffice.org from the start menu to the desktop. In GNOME, right click the OpenOffice.org menu entry and then choose Add this launcher to desktop.