First LibreOffice Release arrives

Basil Chupin blchupin at
Wed Jan 26 01:17:46 UTC 2011

The Document Foundation <>'s 
LibreOffice <>, the OpenOffice office suite 
is on a winning streak. No sooner than Ubuntu lets the world know that 
LibreOffice is its office suite of choice 
than the next day the first full, shipping version of the program, 
LibreOffice 3.3, is released <>.

LibreOffice 3.3 includes numerous new features 
<> when 
compared to its OpenOffice <> parent. To my 
mind, the most important of these for modern office workers is that it 
has much better import and export tools for Microsoft Office 2007 and 
above OpenXML formats. Love them or hate them--I hate them myself--more 
and more businesses are using these formats and being able to work with 
them is becoming a business-critical feature. In addition, LibreOffice 
can also now import Adobe PDF, Microsoft Works, and Lotus Word Pro 
documents and has better WordPerfect document import facilities.

Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.

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