Items tagged with LibreOffice

LibreOffice is perhaps the most popular open source alternative to Microsoft's Office productivity suite, and most importantly, it's completely free. The latest version, LibreOffice 6.2, brings even more parity between it and Microsoft's paid productivity software, namely with a new Notebook bar that is LibreOffice's equivalent of Microsoft's "ribbon" interface. Not everyone is a fan of the ribbon style, which essentially breaks up the various options into tabs. As such, the same will likely be true of LibreOffice's Notebook bar. The Document Foundation took this into consideration though, and made it an optional feature. It's not even turned on by default—users have to manually select... Read more...
Microsoft has apparently realized that the changes it made to Office 2013's licensing scheme weren't going over well with its customer base and has agreed to modify the original agreement. Not long after the new Office suite launched, sharp-eyed bloggers noticed that the licensing agreement had been altered. Previous Office versions, including Office 2010, had allowed retail copies of the program to be transferred from one computer to another, provided the application was only used on one PC at a time. Office 2013 changed that. The OEM and retail products both insisted that the program could only be installed on one PC, period, forever. If your PC died, or was replaced, you had to buy a new copy... Read more...
Last week, Windows 8's head developer, Steven Sinofsky, published an 8,600-word blog post describing virtually every facet of Windows 8's development, including the hardware Microsoft has used for system testing and simulation. One of the major bullet points of the announcement was the following: WOA includes desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. These new Office applications, codenamed “Office 15”, have been significantly architected for both touch and minimized power/resource consumption, while also being fully-featured for consumers and providing complete document compatibility. (Emphasis original). It was always a given that Microsoft Office... Read more...
LibreOffice, which is a project forked from the once-popular OpenOffice.org (OOo), has done well. Recently, the productivity software suite celebrated its first full year since splitting from its origins, and this week The Document Foundation (TDF)--the group responsible for overseeing LibreOffice--made a number of important announcements about the project at the LibreOffice Conference in Paris. There is now a LibreOffice Online prototype, which is an exciting development. Thanks to the efforts of developer and unofficial Awesomest Name Of The Year recipient Tor Lillqvist, LibreOffice can soon be ported to the iOS and Android platforms, bringing the suite to the iPad and Android tablets. These... Read more...
If you are one of the people that happens to be running a bleeding-edge 'alpha 1' version of Ubuntu Linux on your main desktop machine (and who isn't?), you may have noticed a particular change in recent days: OpenOffice has been replaced by LibreOffice for the upcoming (next April) Ubuntu 11.04 release. What is OpenOffice, what is LibreOffice, and what is the difference? For those unaware, both OpenOffice and LibreOffice are free open-source office software suites which include word processor, spreadsheet, presentation apps, graphic design tools, and database systems. Both of these suites are available for multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac, and Linux. LibreOffice itself is a fork of... Read more...