Linux News Today: LibreOffice Celebrates Its Fifth Birthday as the Sole Microsoft Office Contender
The Document Foundation is celebrating five years since the first release of the famous office suite and it’s now positioned in the market as the sole Microsoft Office contender.
When OpenOffice.org was still the king of open source office suits, a few developers wanted to do something different, and they started a new project called LibreOffice, which really took off. It’s hard to think about an office suite on the Linux platform without immediately thinking about LibreOffice, and that really says a lot.
These past five years have been really good for The Document Foundation, which started with just a fork of OpenOffice.org and ended up with the most used open source office suite on the planet. It’s becoming so popular that it has started to penetrate difficult markets like city administrations and government, which are usually controlled by proprietary solutions.
LibreOffice is only getting better
One of the things that you can count on is that LibreOffice is only getting better with each new release. In fact, the 5.0 version of the office suite has been the most successful of all and it was downloaded millions of times.
“After five years, LibreOffice is acknowledged in the marketplace as the sole Microsoft Office contender, based on a sheer feature by feature comparison, and on the number of successful migrations. Migrating to LibreOffice has never been easier, thanks to the Migration Protocol drafted by the most experienced people at The Document Foundation, which outlines the best practices adopted by several large projects worldwide,” reads the announcement made by The Document Foundation.
The developers of LibreOffice are so certain of their progress, that they even put together a comprehensive comparison chart between Microsoft Office and LibreOffice, and LibreOffice is already starting to get on top in more than a few areas.
As it stands right now, you can download LibreOffice 5.0.2 from Softpedia and install it right now.