LIBREOFFICE is going online to create what the company calls "the world's first global personal productivity solution".
LibreOffice Online is a joint development with IceWarp, a business email server provider, and Collabora, a Cambridge-based multimedia software company that is one of the major contributors to the LibreOffice open-source code.
The online version of the operating system is set to disrupt the market currently dominated by Google Drive and Microsoft Office 365.
Other online open-source systems such as Open-Xchange also exist, but LibreOffice is by far the biggest name in free open-source software to bring a cloud solution to the table.
A proof-of-concept was created in 2011 and is now being built up into a free alternative to proprietary offerings. It is the first natively to support the Open Document Format (ODF), according to LibreOffice.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, driver of the 'digital by default' initiative, has called for a move away from Windows towards open-source solutions, much to the chagrin of Redmond.
Microsoft had backed the use of OOXML in its Office suite and instead called on the government to support its own version of an open platform, but Maude was unimpressed.
The HTML5-based LibreOffice Online app suite will be available for all desktop operating systems, and there are advanced plans for an Android app.
"LibreOffice was born with the objective of leveraging the OpenOffice heritage to build a solid ecosystem capable of attracting those investments which are key for the further development of free software," said Eliane Domingos de Sousa, director of the Document Foundation.
"Thanks to the increasing number of companies investing in the development of LibreOffice, we are on track to make it available on every platform, including the cloud. We are grateful to IceWarp for providing the resources for a further development of LibreOffice Online."
LibreOffice Online is not currently available to the public. News of availability will be made later. µ
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