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The Document Foundation, which is developing the LibreOffice software suite, has demonstrated the business software working entirely in the browser for cloud applications, and has announced that it will also port it to Android and iOS. The LibreOffice Online cloud software is built around HTML5 Canvas and the GTK+ framework with …

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The French government has also thrown its support behind the LibreOffice project

Lol - I wonder why?

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Maybe they think it's a french product.

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France embraces LibreOffice

LibreOffice claims victory

France surrenders just in case

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Or just because it's European (German) one...?!? (as opposed to USA).

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Well done France (Did I just say that?)

Let's hope some other governments round the world realise there is life after Office. The first round of installs might be problematic, but once the installed base get up there TCO should drop well below that of Office.

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The French are a funny lot, but can be remarkably practical when purse-strings are involved. I strongly suspect this is the case here and has nothing to do with the name.

Oh, and they are also quite hostile to perceived outside control. In view of the *really* open status of Libre Office, it's quite likely that was a factor.

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Excellent.

This story seems to be all positive. Isn't that nice?

Where are the patent lawyers? Shouldn't they be involved somewhere?

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Patents

I Microsoft had Apple's lawyers (and sheep-like following) they could claim they invented the spreadsheet, the word "office" and even electronic writing. Any similar configuration of numbers in a grid should earn the competition an instant ban.

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Get back under your bridge

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Get a sense of humor

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Well, they need the rewriting...

I've not used LibreOffice since the fork, so perhaps things are different, but I've long found OpenOffice a pretty hideous combination of huge bloat and badly designed user interface, trailing Microsoft by two generations. It would require a great deal of rewriting to make it otherwise, it seems to me; and if you look at the problems of Firefox on Android, desktop bloat ported to a smartphone is pretty painful. But the details of their planned rewrite around HTML5 does seem to suggest that they plan that - so good luck to them.

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I don't see LibreOffice passing the approbation process necessary to be accepted in Apple's appstore.

Apple will argument that LibreOffice provides functionality already existent, that they use too much battery or something like that in order to avoid people jumping from their own payed apps to free ones.

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In which case, how can you explain the presence of Quick Office or Documents to Go on the app store?

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Interesting

A proper 100% browser-based office tool could be great - gdocs is very limited and Office365 IIRC requires some installed component(?)

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LibreOffice Empowers!

I am a person who uses LibreOffice (LO) almost everyday.

LO coming on tablets soon, so versatile!

Try out the extensions available with LO. It makes LO even more useful. Here are some very good extensions for LO:

http://www.languagetool.org/

- helps detect some grammar mistakes

-Requires Java 6.0 or later.

For Ubuntu (Linux) users I recommend they download libreoffice-java-common from the Ubuntu Software Center.

http://code.google.com/p/ooo2gd/downloads/detail?name=ooo2gd_3.0.0.oxt&can=2&q=

that lets you quickly & easily upload to Google Docs

I also recommend The complete Writer Guide:

http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/cgi_img_auth.php/b/ba/0200WG3-WriterGuide.pdf

and http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Documentation

& Getting Started guide (full book) http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/cgi_img_auth.php/c/c4/0100GS3-GettingStartedLibO.pdf

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