Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Feb 2013 20:57 UTC
Features, Office "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.0, the free office suite the community has been dreaming of since 2001. LibreOffice 4.0 is the first release that reflects the objectives set by the community at the time of the announcement, in September 2010: a cleaner and leaner code base, an improved set of features, better interoperability, and a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem."
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by lemur2 on Sun 10th Feb 2013 02:30 UTC
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LibreOffice releases new, faster version

A little more than two years after it forked from, the free office suite LibreOffice has come out with a sleek and faster version 4.0. The release said the resulting codebase differed from the original, as several million lines of code had been added and removed, by adding new features, fixing bugs and regressions, adopting state of the art C++ constructs, replacing tools, getting rid of deprecated methods and obsoleted libraries, and translating 25,000 lines of comments from German to English.

LibreOffice Gets A Brand New Home

LibreOffice team is on 'fire'. After releasing 4.0 which is a 'completely' different office suite than OpenOffice. The team has revamped the, bidding goodbye to the 'boring' and aged design. The new design is jazzy and reflects how aggressive the 'new' LibreOffice community is, shedding the old brand image it inherited from the doomed OpenOffice.

LibreOffice is experiencing a huge adoption across organizations and enterprises. There were reports that Microsoft is planning to port its cash cow MS Office to Linux - if the reports are true it clearly shows that LO is making some serious inroads into Microsoft's core segment and scared Microsoft is now bringing its product to the platform where everyone else is going.

Microsoft goes soft on Office, to debut Linux version by 2014

Looks like Linux has finally challenged the dominance of decades of proprietary office document software.
As the market share of Android devices continues to make an impact Microsoft has already announced its Android port for Office Suite, their proprietary office documents management software.

Analysts firmly believe that the explosive growth of Linux on desktop, primarily driven by commercial gaming software, has driven the software giant to finally look towards open source compatibility.
This hugely interesting news grew viral at the Brussels, Belgium developers’ European meeting for open source (FOSDEM) in the last few days.
Typical open source ingenuity already offers technical solutions to run Office software on Linux through Wine, which is very popular in this segment, or the CodeWeavers’ CrossOver. However, these are ports and not a full native client. Now, Microsoft itself has initiated an internal porting for Linux.

However, another major development on the Linux front has been the increase in the growth of governments implementing Linux. Most organizations, in several countries have found great cost advantages in using LibreOffice and OpenOffice over Windows Word.
As the volumes in number of users in the segment of organizations and governments for office software products grows, Microsoft is left without an option but to venture into the realms, it had vouched a long time ago not to enter.

Edited 2013-02-10 02:37 UTC

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RE: Some comments from the web
by zima on Sun 10th Feb 2013 13:59 in reply to "Some comments from the web"
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translating 25,000 lines of comments from German to English

(so it seems is less German now... ;p )

Edited 2013-02-10 14:00 UTC

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