LibreOffice is an open source, cross-platform office suite with apps for word processing, creating spreadsheets, presentations, databases, and more. The project is managed by The Document Foundation, which is launching LibreOffice 5.0.

The latest office suite offers better compatibility with documents from Microsoft Office and Apple iWork, and mobile apps for Android and Ubuntu Touch, among other improvements.

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Here are just some of the new features included in the latest version of LibreOffice:

  • There’s a 64-bit Windows built for Windows Vista and later.
  • LibreOffice for Android is gaining support for basic editing (up until now it’s only supported viewing documents).
  • Improved user interfaces for Impress and Draw
  • Improvements for importing Word, Excel, and other file formats.
  • Support for importing files from Apple Pages, Apple Numbers, Lotus 123, and Quattro Pro

It’s been about 5 years since LibreOffice was spun off as a fork of OpenOffice.org. In that time, the software has come a long way, while OpenOffice.org has become Apache Openoffice, which continues to be developed… but which seems to add new features and improvements at a much slower pace.

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5 replies on “LibreOffice 5.0 open source office suite now available”

  1. “LibreOffice for Android is gaining support for basic editing”

    You can either edit, or you can’t – which is it?

  2. Why even at lotus123 support? ITS 2015!! I get that its cool and all but it seems like a waste of resources. But then again I probably shouldn’t be complaining about a piece of free software that I use almost everyday….

    1. That is the beauty of open source. Sombody needed Lotus support so there is lotus support. In the closed world some marketing dweeb thinks just like you and says “Lotus in 2015? Even mentioning that in the ad copy would confuse people. No way.” And that would be the end of it. Those who needed the feature would just be out of luck. Somebody probably has a trove of old spreadsheets and needed access to the data.

    2. As one who has files on my computer that were created before you were, I welcome 123 and other old formats.

      I transfer my old files each time I upgrade the hardware, just in case I every need to recover something.

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