LibreOffice vs Microsoft 365

Last updated: September 20, 2022

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LibreOffice
LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers. The online and mobile version (for Android and iPad) are coming soon
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Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 (formerly Microsoft Office 365) is commercial software plus services offering a set of products from Microsoft. Designed to help you achieve more with innovative Office apps, intelligent cloud services, and world-class security. The free online MS Office document editors (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) are available in OneDrive.
LibreOffice vs Microsoft 365 in our news:

2022. LibreOffice begins charging Mac App Store users $8.99



LibreOffice, the popular open source document processing suite, has begun charging users who download the software through the Mac App Store a one-time fee of $8.99. It’s an unexpected step for The Document Foundation (TDF) — the organization behind LibreOffice — which since its inception has made all versions of LibreOffice available at no charge. Italo Vignoli, head of marketing and public relations at LibreOffice, said that the change was reflective of a “new marketing strategy” where TDF will focus on releasing free, community versions of LibreOffice while “ecosystem companies” develop “value-added” releases targeted at enterprise customers. The LibreOffice client on the Mac App Store falls into this latter category because it’s not based on the same source code as the base LibreOffice project


2022. Microsoft may discontinue selling software and services to Russia



U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has issued new export control rules on Russia, limiting export of hardware and software to this country. Calls for Microsoft to ban the exportation of software to Russia have already been made, although the company has had no comment thus far. Questions only remain on the distinction between consumer and industrial use of software and how U.S. companies will navigate the sanctions. The ban could significantly hurt Russia's economy in the long run as companies won't be able to upgrade Windows and Office software. During the last years Russian government was seeking to push Microsoft out of the country but had a little success.


2020. Microsoft brings transcriptions to Word



Microsoft launched Transcribe in Word, its new transcription service for Microsoft 365 subscribers. It’s now available in the online version of Word, with other platforms launching later. In addition, Word is also getting new dictation features, which now allow you to use your voice to format and edit your text, for example. The new feature lets you transcribe speech, both live and pre-recorded, and then edit those transcripts right inside of Word. With this, the company goes head-to-head with startups like Otter and Google’s Recorder app, though they all have their own pros and cons. For now Transcribe in Word is English only and available only in paid Microsoft 365 accounts.


2020. Microsoft rebrands Office 365 to Microsoft 365


Microsoft marketers apparently had nothing to do on quarantine and they decided to rename Office 365 to Microsoft 365. Starting April 21, all Office subscriptions will turn to Microsoft 365 subscriptions. But the pricing and functionality will remain the same. Changes the functionality will affect only personal plans - the personal version of Microsoft Teams will appear in them. This is a good opportunity for private entrepreneurs that use the personal version to collaborate with employees or other entrepreneurs. In future, Microsoft plans to justify the rebranding by adding non-office services, such as security systems, and, possibly, Windows operating system.


2020. Microsoft launches unified Office app for iOS and Android


Microsoft launched a new version of its Office app for Android and iOS, combining Word, Excel and PowerPoint into a single application. Some of the advantages of this unified approach include, according to Microsoft, a simplified user experience and less phone storage used (compared to installing three separate apps). The app also brings new functionality such as the ability to convert images into editable Word and Excel documents, PDF scanning, making quick notes, scanning QR codes and transferring files between devices. A minor but (to some) important detail: The iOS app supports dark mode, meaning it will be displayed in a darker color scheme to match the rest of the OS when dark mode is set to on.


2019. Microsoft merges mobile Word, Excel and PowerPoint into single Office app


Microsoft introduced Office app that provides a simple, integrated experience and combines existing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint mobile apps. Doing so brings all of your Office documents together in one place, reduces the need to switch between multiple apps, and significantly reduces the amount of space used on your phone compared to multiple installed apps. Besides, with the new app you can easily get to recent and recommended documents stored in the cloud or on your device, or search for documents across your organization if using a work account, snap a picture of a document and turn it into an editable Word file with the press of a button, transform a picture of a table into an Excel spreadsheet so you can work with the data, create automatically enhanced digital images of whiteboards and documents with Office Lens features integrated into the app.


2019. Microsoft added table OCR to mobile Excel



Microsoft has added a new feature to the mobile Excel application that allows users to take a picture of the printed table and convert it into an Excel spreadsheet with editing capabilities. While the feature is only available for Android, but it will also come iOS soon. The feature is available only for Office 365 users. Of course, this feature is intended for simple tables. Complicated tables with merged cells are recognized with errors.


2018. Microsoft launches Office 2019 for Windows, macOS



Office 2019 is the next on-premises version of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project, Visio, Access, and Publisher. In PowerPoint 2019, you can create cinematic presentations with new features like Morph and Zoom. And improved inking features across the apps in Windows—like the roaming pencil case, pressure sensitivity, and tilt effects—allow you to naturally create documents. Excel 2019 adds powerful new data analysis features, including new formulas and charts and enhancements to PowerPivot. Word 2019 and Outlook 2019 help you focus on what matters most. Learning Tools, like Read Aloud and Text Spacing, make it easier to engage with your content. Focus Mode blocks out distractions and puts your content front and center. And Focused Inbox moves less important emails out of the way.


2018. Microsoft removes device limits for consumer Office 365 subscribers



Microsoft will soon drop the device limit on its consumer-grade Office 365 subscriptions and increase the number of users allowed under a single Office 365 Home plan, the company announced today. Starting October 2, subscribers can install Office on an unlimited number of devices. Under current rules, Office 365 Home, which costs $100 per year, allows for installation of the suite's applications — Word, Outlook, Excel and the rest — on only 10 devices, or an allowance of two devices for each of the five users who can shelter under the umbrella of a single subscription. Meanwhile, Office 365 Personal — a $70 annual plan with rights for just one individual — capped the device count at two total.


2018. Microsoft Office gets the new-old design



Microsoft begins rolling out subtle changes to the Office.com and Office 365 designs in order to make them look simpler and less cluttered. The biggest change by far is coming to Microsoft Word, where the toolbar at the top of the screen (officially dubbed "the ribbon") will be pared down to just one line. Fans of the classic design will be able to expand it back to the larger ribbon if they choose. The changes fit in with Microsoft's overarching Fluent Design language, which can be found across most parts of Windows 10. The updated ribbon will also include new animations, icons, and a few small color changes. Microsoft is delaying the rollout of the simplified ribbon to desktop by a few months. The company appears to be testing the new designs with the online apps and will take a look at feedback to see if any other changes should be made for the desktop versions.