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Last updated: February 18, 2017
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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
Latest news about LibreOffice
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.”
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.
2013. New collaboration tools in ONLYOFFICE and LibreOffice
Microsoft recently launched the new Office 2013 and as usual with the release of new version there is a number of frustrated users that consider switching to competing products. So now is the best time for Microsoft rivals to push their office-suites. TeamLab (that recently became an "Office") added real-time collaboration feature. Now you can see who is working on a document at the moment, which paragraph he is editing and communicate with co-workers in comments and chat. You can even invite for co-editing users that are not registered in TeamLab. So TeamLab is now like Google Apps - they even set the same price $50/year. Only in Google Apps it's the price for 1 user, while in TeamLab - for 5 users. By the way, TeamLab's pricing is changed again: there is single edition and no free version. The new version of LibreOffice 4 (the offspring of OpenOffice) was developed by much more people than TeamLab (after all, it's an open-source project). But it doesn't feature considerable updates. And there is no more talks about the promised mobile and cloud versions. As usual, among the new features they claim the better support for MS Office formats. But in fact, formatting in a little more complicated documents distorts. At leats they added support for CMIS standard, that allows to collaborate on LibreOffice documents in different document management systems (Alfresco, Nuxeo, OpenText, etc.)
2011. LibreOffice is going to the Cloud, iPad and Android
LibreOffice - is a fork of the open-source project OpenOffice, which was founded after Sun acquisition by Oracle last year. The development team, which stands behind the LibreOffice calls itself the Document Foundation and aims to develop a free and open-source alternative to commercial office suites. Google and Red Hat are also involved in the development of LibreOffice. So, this LibreOffice is quite serious in its plans and is going not only inherit the glory and the user base of the OpenOffice, but also step on the Microsoft's tail. This week, the Document Foundation announced that in 2012 it will launch the online version - LibreOffice Online, which will work on HTML5, as well as mobile versions of the office suite for iPad and Android tablets. At the moment LibreOffice has 25 million users, and this week it was announced that French municipalities and educational institutions are going to transfer 800 thousand seats to LibreOffice. LibreOffice supports ODF and MS Office documents and works on on Windows, Linux and Mac OS.