LibreOffice 4.1.3 is Now Available in Your Browser: Chrome, Firefox or Safari
During the last couple of years, we’ve built a vibrant community of LibreOffice users on rollApp, including early adopters and power users. Today, we’re bringing the latest version of the LibreOffice online document management applications to rollApp platform.
What’s New in LibreOffice Version 4.1
The LibreOffice suite provides word processing, spreadsheets, slides and diagrams. The suite comes with a host of new features and several important improvements under the hood (you can get the full list in the release notes):
- Especially for migrations, LibreOffice adds a number of improvements of interoperability with MS Office formats, onluding .doc and .xls
- It’s now easy to include a series of photos in Impress with the “Photo Album” feature.
- Rotate images in Writer in 90 degree increments
- Send along your fonts with your documents. Writer, Calc and Impress now allow embedding fonts in their documents.
These browsed-based versions of LibreOffice apps extend access to your documents directly in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. And this is a big deal for LibreOffice users, since you’ll no longer have to install it on your computer, laptop or Chromebook – rollApp will let you open your files and apps right in the browser. Here’s where to get started:
- LibreOffice Writer: rollapp.com/app/lowriter
- LibreOffice Calc: rollapp.com/app/localc
- LibreOffice Draw: rollapp.com/app/lodraw
- LibreOffice Impress: rollapp.com/app/loimpress
Did you know there’s a fascinating story behind LibreOffice, the free office suite?
Headquartered in Berlin, Germany, The Document Foundation and the LibreOffice project was forked from OpenOffice.org in 2010. In the same year, The Document Foundation was announced as the host of LibreOffice, a new derivative of OpenOffice.org.
The LibreOffice ecosystem continues to grow at a steady pace, with an average of over 100 active developers per month since February 2013. These figures tops the cumulative number of over 700 new developers attracted by the project since the announcement on September 28, 2010.
Between January 2011 (the first stable release) and October 2011, LibreOffice was downloaded approximately 7.5 million times. During 2012, the office suite was downloaded about 15 million times (source: Wikipedia).
Recently, the Spanish autonomous region of Valencia’s migration to LibreOffice on 120,000 PCs, which will save the government some 1.5 million Euro per year on proprietary software licenses.