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.
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.