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Libreoffice 4 is released with Microsoft Publisher support

Many changes under the bonnet
Fri Feb 08 2013, 15:20
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THE DOCUMENT FOUNDATION has released Libreoffice 4.0 touting significant under the bonnet improvements to the free office productivity suite.

Since The Document Foundation forked Openoffice amid doubts about Oracle's intentions for the popular office suite, Libreoffice has gone from strength to strength with many popular Linux distributions picking it as the default office suite. Now The Document Foundation has released Libreoffice 4.0, which it says includes a lot of rewritten code and some new features.

Aside from removing old code, The Document Foundation said it has improved support with document management systems, better support of DOCX and RTF file formats and the ability to import Microsoft Publisher files. The foundation said the Libreoffice user interface now supports Firefox Themes and has Unity integration, which should please Canonical.

Florian Effenberger, chairman of the board of directors of The Document Foundation said, "Libreoffice 4.0 is a milestone in interoperability and an excellent foundation for our continued work to improve the User Interface. Our project is not only capable of attracting new developers on a regular basis, but it also creates a transparent platform for cooperation based on a strong Free Software ethos, where corporate sponsored and volunteer developers work to attain the same objective."

The Document Foundation stressed that it worked on backwards compatibility for extensions and said it wants to take a proactive approach to developing the UNO APIs.

For those who are tempted to buy Microsoft Office 2013, it is worth downloading Libreoffice to see whether the open source, free alternative that has many developers can save hundreds of pounds in licensing fees. Libreoffice 4.0 is available for download now. µ


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