LibreOffice is an open source software office suite developed by The Document Foundation that is compatible with other major office suites and available on a variety of platforms. It is a feature-packed and mature desktop productivity package.
LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice.org. This was driven due to doubts about whether Oracle would continue development of OpenOffice.org. Unlike that software, LibreOffice’s development is driven by the open source community.
LibreOffice is compatible with many document formats such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher. LibreOffice also offers a modern open standard format, the OpenDocument Format (ODF).
- Writer – a word processor with extensive WYSIWYG word processing capabilities.
- Calc – a spreadsheet program with support for a large number of functions and offering a number of unique features. Pivot Table provides similar functionality to the Pivot table found in Microsoft Excel.
- Impress – a presentation program resembling Microsoft PowerPoint.
- Draw – a vector graphics editor and diagramming tool similar to Microsoft Visio.
- Math – designed for creating and editing mathematical formulae. The application uses a variant of XML for creating formulas.
- Base – a database management program, similar to Microsoft Access
- Ability to read/write OpenDocument (ODF), Excel (XLS), CSV and several other formats.
- Available in over 110 languages.
LibreOffice is written in C++, XML and Java. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn XML with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn Java with our recommended free books and free tutorials.
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