The latest version of LibreOffice is out now for Linux, macOS, Windows, and, at long last, the cloud.
Almost two years ago, The Document Foundation announced it was going to bring LibreOffice to the cloud. With the release of LibreOffice 5.3, that day has finally come. LibreOffice, the popular open-source office suite, is arguably the best desktop-based office suite. Why? Italo Vignoli, co-founder of The Document Foundation, explains:
1. Independence from a single vendor, who’s interested in locking-in users to secure their bottom line. LibreOffice is free software.
2. The chance to influence LibreOffice’s development — either by contributing directly or by paying contributors for the development of specific features. For a large deployment, the cost is usually lower than the purchase of MS Office licenses.
3. Reduction of interoperability costs. Since its truly open and standard document format, Open Document Format (ODF) is the same across applications and operating systems.
4. Lower document security, thanks to ODF files intrinsically stronger security, compared to Microsoft’s Office’s Open XML (OOXML) since OOXML files often contain binary blobs. This makes it easier to inject them with malware.
5. Lower training costs, as LibreOffice’s user interface is consistent across operating systems.
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Author: Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols