LibreOffice vs ONLYOFFICE

Last updated: March 26, 2019

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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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ONLYOFFICE
ONLYOFFICE is a cloud business service that enables you to manage projects, customer relations and documents in one place. In other words, you don't need to switch back and forth between multiple applications to perform different tasks. Here you obtain a single multi-featured system to organize every step of your work improving your productivity and optimizing efforts for success.
LibreOffice vs ONLYOFFICE in our news:

2019. ONLYOFFICE gets media player, upgraded mail and calendar



The new version of ONLYOFFICE is released with lots of enhancements: more security tools, new access rights to documents, completely upgraded mail and calendar, and other features. Now you can protect log-in procedure with two-factor authentication via an authenticator app, share documents letting users view and add comments, or insert data into the chosen fields only. The new integrated multi-format media player allows to play audio and video files directly in the cloud. Other improvements include completely upgraded Mail module, smarter Projects module, redesigned Calendar, optimized portal management


2017. ONLYOFFICE Editors 5.0 get fully renovated interface


ONLYOFFICE unveiled the new version of its online editors. It added new features and radically changed the interface.  The new interface layout groups editing instruments into functional tabs to make your work more intuitive. The new features allow to see what your doc would look like if you accept or reject changes in Track changes mode, use pivot tables for viewing and +69 formulas in spreadsheet editor, presenter view in presentation editor. New plugins onclude Symbol Table that allows to insert special symbols, become multilingual with Yandex Translator.


2017. ONLYOFFICE integrates with SharePoint



ONLYOFFICE, that competes with Microsoft Office and other alternatives, released an app for SharePoint. So from now companies running SharePoint Server can use the most complete online office suite in SharePoint web interface. ONLYOFFICE is an open-source solution, free for up to 20 users that can be deployed on your private network. It promises 100% compatible with Microsoft Office formats and allows to collaboratively work on Word and Excel documents with a really complex formatting. Besides document editors it provides document management, email client, calendar, project management and community.


2017. LibreOffice released in-house web version with collaborative online editing



Document Foundation released the new version of its open-source office LibreOffice 5.3. It includes a bunch of new features, including a ribbon interface that resembles Microsoft Office. The foundation also made available the LibreOffice Online source code, which can be installed on servers. It noted: “The Document Foundation doesn’t have the resources or desire to set up an online service like Google Docs or Office 365. Instead, it is offering LibreOffice Online code that you can install on your own server. All you need is a single sign-on service and a file sync and storage solution like Nextcloud. Then just install LibreOffice, add users and start collaborating on documents. While individuals can install LibreOffice Online on their own servers, it’s aimed at ISPs and other cloud providers, giving them the ability to offer open source online collaborative suites to compete with Google Docs and Office 365.”


2016. ONLYOFFICE now allows to edit documents offline



ONLYOFFICE released Desktop Editors, an office suite that combines viewers and editors for text documents, spreadsheets and presentations working offline. Desktop editors support Copy/Paste, direct print options, local fonts, language detection. ONLYOFFICE Desktop Editors are absolutely free for personal use. For business use the desktop applications are available by subscription: 1 year subscription for $39 and an unlimited subscription for $59. Regular updates and email support are included.


2015. LibreOffice 5.0 includes mobile editor for Android



LibreOffice just got a major update with the release of version 5.0 — and developers claim it will give other productivity suites a run for their money. With this launch the same source code will be used for the desktop version as well as the Android and the cloud versions. That means users will have a similar set of features, regardless of platform. The new version also offers a better interface, better management of screen space and better interoperability with other office suites like Microsoft Office and Apple iWork. There are also virtualization solutions to bring LibreOffice to Chrome OS and iOS, although these are not optimized for mobile. An online version will be available late this year or in early 2016. Version 5.0 also includes mobile clients on Android and Ubuntu Touch (the Ubuntu operating system for mobile), new icons and  improvements to menus and sidebars, improvements to document import and export filters, for an enhanced document conversion fidelity.


2015. Online office suite ONLYOFFICE launched free cloud version



On the occasion of its 5th birthday ONLYOFFICE announced the launch of the free SaaS version ONLYOFFICE Free Cloud. It includes mail server to create corporate mailboxes, 2 GB of Amazon cloud storage space, online editors for text, spreadsheets and presentations, Calendar, Chat, Feed and Mail Aggregator, and 5 full-featured modules: Documents, Projects, CRM, People and Community. ONLYOFFICE Free Cloud is listed on our new website – www.onlyoffice.org - where you will find the information about all the solutions provided by ONLYOFFICE at no cost.


2014. Teamlab opens source code, renames to ONLYOFFICE



Online team collaboration service Teamlab always wanted to become an Office - since the time when it got the own suite of office document editors. It's really oystanding, and Teamlab decided to make it the primary feature. At some point the developers even renamed the service to Teamlab Office. But even this wasn't enough for them. Yesterday (in honour of the 4th birthday) Teamlab was renamed to ONLYOFFICE. Although, as you can see on the site screenshot, it still includes not ONLY OFFICE, but also CRM, project management and document management tools. Beside the rebranding, the developers decided to fully open the source code of the product, so that the users could make sure in it's security. So, from now, if you want to install ONLYOFFICE on your own server - you can do it completely free.


2013. Teamlab launches free alternative to Google Docs and MS Office



Online service Teamlab is know not only for its collaboration and business management features, but also for cool online document editors that can be well compared to Google Docs, MS Office Web Apps or Zoho Docs. But until now these editors where available only for Teamlab paid users. Today TeamLab is launching a free productivity tool Teamlab Personal - an alternative to Google Drive, Skydrive and Zoho Docs. It's a cloud file storage with office editors. Teamlab says that it combines reach formatting features from MS Office with collaboration tools from Google Docs. The service allows to upload and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint from your computer and even pull docs from other online services: Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box (note that the last three services have their own document editors). You can share files with colleagues, co-edit and comment them in real time and embed documents to your web page.


2013. TeamLab Office 7.5: Gantt Chart, CRM-EMail integration


The updated version of the popular collaboration service Teamlab Office 7.5 includes two new useful features. The first is Gantt Chart. It enables to get a panoramic view of all project activities, evaluate project activity status: open/closed, active/overdue, manage project milestones and tasks: create, edit, close, reopen, delete etc, link tasks within projects to create the task dependencies. The second useful feature is CRM-EMail integration. It allows to see the whole email conversation thread with a client in the contact profile and send emails directly from the profile or the list of contacts. This feature is especially useful if several emplyees communicate with one customer by email. Teamlab costs from 75$ per year for 5 users.