Whether you are a student, a business, a non-profit, or a working professional, you need office productivity software so you can open, modify, and create Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other files. If you run into a hurdle because you don’t have any extra money laying around to purchase Microsoft Office, don’t sweat it. LibreOffice is here to save the day.
“LibreOffice is the free power-packed Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs: Writer, Calc, Impress, Draw, Math and Base. Support and documentation is free from our large, dedicated community of users, contributors and developers.” – LibreOffice.org
LibreOffice branched off from OpenOffice out of fears that Oracle’s purchase of Sun Microsystems could hurt the development or free distribution of OpenOffice. Currently, both options are free to the public to download and use but I recommend LibreOffice over OpenOffice and Microsoft Office. Both currently are completely compatible with Microsoft formats so if you receive an Excel from someone you can open it, modify, and send it back in the same format. Persons who are familiar already with the Microsoft Office suite will have no trouble finding their way around LibreOffice or OpenOffice as the layout is similar to Microsoft Office 2003. Both platforms are available for free on Microsoft, Apple, and the various Linux flavors like Ubuntu.
LibreOffice and OpenOffice have the potential of saving small organizations thousands of dollars a year and large organizations hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. If you need office productivity software, you should definitely give LibreOffice a try.