The highlight of the new release is a far-reaching visual refresh, with menus, toolbars, status bars, and more being updated to look and work better. While LibreOffice retains the traditional menus-and-toolbars approach that Microsoft abandoned in Office 2007, the new version is meant to make those menus and toolbars easier to navigate.
What are the reasons to use either OpenOffice or LibeOffice?
While it looks like a step in a right direction, there’s much work to be done when compared to something like Pages on OSX.
A little color in the icons wouldn’t hurt them. Monochromatic icons reminds me of what Visual Studio tried and was (rightfully) dinged for.
I hope they can find a creative way to make the UI more contextual so there isn’t so much toolbar in my face. Even a search field to find common actions (Visual Studio has this for example). I guess I just dislike toolbars.