LibreOffice is arguably the leading force. It is not only a leading force but a rising contender to Microsoft office software. ‘LibreOffice’ is less than 10 years old. It is developed by The Document Foundation. ‘LibreOffice’ is written in three programming languages namely: Java, python and c++ languages.
One of the reasons LibreOffice poses a huge threat to Microsoft office is because of continual improvement and customer growth. And with close to an estimated 75 million users three years ago, worldwide growth is forecasted at 200 million by 2020.
The difficulty, however, with open source software has always been the way people perceive it. Some people think software that is tagged open source are substandard, which of course is a myth. Hopefully, the myth would be squashed after reading this review. ‘LibreOffice’ is not one of those applications which are deserted in a corner somewhere and then updated once in a while. It has an active member group working constantly for improvements. And with a ‘time based released schedule’, developers aim for a bi-yearly update. The latest version is called fresh. It was updated in the first quarter of 2018.
For people less informed about this product, I would like to share with you some benefits of using ‘LibreOffice’. And for those already acquainted with this product, permit me to add some knowledge to your insight.
Open source means that it is free to download, with no requirement for a paid licence. It means that it can be distributed and it also means that it can be translated into other languages. Open source allows people to contribute to the development of the product.
Like all traditional office products, ‘LibreOffice’ comes as a package, with a number of tools in the likes of the spreadsheet, word processor, presentation, drawing, database and maths tools.
If the database is your thing, the Base tool would serve you well because you can connect to another database. You can also apply relationship to tables, use SQL queries, use wizards for report and form creation. And it gets better because you can even run macros within this program.
The application can be downloaded free from ‘Download LibreOffice‘ website
Ease of Use
With a friendly interface, it is very easy to learn. If you have used any Microsoft office application before, it would be a breeze. The beginner would discover a short learning curve, and the experienced user would enjoy engaging with the advance office features.
Partners, educators, developers, supporters of ‘LibreOffice’ can gain certification to prove proficiency and endorse their abilities, making them professionals in this regard, and creating job opportunities.
My research shows a shocking number of institutions like defence, governments departments, cities, schools, administrators, hospitals, corporations and home users are engaged with this application. And many institutions are planning to migrate to ‘LibreOffice’ too. Who wouldn’t? After all, it is free.