LibreOffice update might make you want to abandon your Microsoft 360 for good as new versions now come with upgrades that are compatible with Microsoft office.
LibreOffice Update Might Make You Want To Abandon Your Microsoft 360 for Good
A new version of the free office software suite known as LibreOffice has now been released thus bringing with it some extended compatibility with Microsoft Office file types.
The maker of the open source software bundle in a blog post that announced the update explained why it has been very difficult historically to build in-office compatibility.
“Microsoft files are still based on the proprietary format deprecated by ISO in 2008, and not on the ISO approved standard, so they hide a large amount of artificial complexity,” the blog post cites. “This causes handling issues with LibreOffice, which defaults to a true open standard format (the OpenDocument Format).”
And given the popularity of Office, and also the number of documents in circulation, LibreOffice will need to deliver comprehensive compatibility in a bid to attract the attention of users away from Microsoft. The team also says that users can expect many updates in quick succession with this very goal in mind.
What is LibreOffice
For those people who don’t know, LibreOffice is a suite of office software that is crafted to cover all of the same bases as Microsoft 365 and Google workspace. In the words of a reviewer of the platform, LibreOffice provides “a competing suite of office software that’s just as exceptional, versatile, and feature-rich at no cost to its users”.
With the cost of living now on the constant rise, the open source suit could be a very good option and selection for anyone that is looking to save on the cost of subscription, particularly with the arrival of more enhanced office compatibility.
And according to the blog post, users should always check for new releases of LibreOffice on a regular basis. This is as the compatibility upgrades are coming so thick and quick that “each new version improves dramatically over the previous one”.
Multiple Changes Coming To the Platform
Albeit arguably the biggest one, this is however not the only change that is noticeable in LibreOffice 7.4. In fact, there are several improvements in the latest version of the productivity suite, and this is including the spreadsheet app, Calc, which now supports 16,374 columns, and the whole suite now getting support for dark mode both in Windows 10 and 11.
In regards to performance, the team also has made various improvements for cases such as PDF export, loading of documents and so many more.