THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION has revealed that it is working on bringing Libreoffice to the Android and IOS mobile operating systems.
Ever since The Document Foundation spearheaded the Libreoffice project it has gone from strength to strength, with many Linux distributions opting to replace Openoffice with Libreoffice. Now the project is looking at bringing its application suite to Android and IOS.
The Libreoffice port project is based on the work of Tor Lillqvist and has the objective of porting the open source office suite to Apple's Ipad and Android tablets. There is also a plan to eventually port it to smaller devices, presumably smartphones.
While Libreoffice competes primarily against Microsoft's Office on the desktop, for tablets it will have to go up against Google Docs, Quickoffice and Apple's Iwork suite as well.
The Document Foundation warned that the tablet ports are "advanced development projects" and the user interface work has yet to begin, but said that "the bulk of the code is compiling". Releases are expected late 2012 or early 2013.
The Document Foundation also announced that the French government is switching 500,000 or so desktops from using Openoffice to Libreoffice. That will increase Libreoffice's Windows installed base by five per cent, claims the organisation.
Perhaps Libreoffice's announcement that it is working on an office suite for Android and IOS will spur Microsoft to bring its Office 365 out of Windows Phone and offer it on these competing mobile operating systems too. µ