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LibreOffice Productivity Suite

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Just upgraded on XP and updating did not work, needed to delete all traces of the old version before 4.2.3 would install properly and work..


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LibreOffice Productivity Suite 4.4.0.0



Note this is the Fresh Branch. The Still branch is at version 4.3.5 as of 18DEC2014.



This release is bit-identical to 4.3.5 Release Candidate 2 — you don't need to download or reinstall if you have that version already.




LibreOffice is a powerful office suite; its clean interface and powerful tools let you unleash your creativity and grow your productivity. LibreOffice embeds several applications that make it the most powerful Free & Open Source Office suite on the market: Writer, the word processor, Calc, the spreadsheet application, Impress, the presentation engine, Draw, our drawing and flowcharting application, Base, our database and database frontend, and Math for editing mathematics.



Homepage (Welcome - The Document Foundation)


http://www.documentfoundation.org/


New Features


http://www.libreoffice.org/discover/new-features/


Release Notes


http://www.libreoffice.org/download/release-notes/


Download


http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/Don't forget to get the "LibreOffice Built in help" as well (install after the application suite).


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I've heard good reports about this Libreoffice software ...

 

Question please.

I've loads of documents created on Word. Business envelope templates etc. Are they compatible? And would I be able to open and edit old doc files?

 

 

 

 

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Compatibility with Word is very good, it's perfectly capable of handling .doc files, though I can't guarantee it'll replicate more exotic page layouts precisely. The suite does occasionally fall foul of Excel macros and it's not ideal at handling Access databases. But it's improving all the time, I've used it for years without problems and when you compare what it gives you for nothing with the current rental arrangement for Office I see no good reason to change. 

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Thanks  .. that's worth knowing as I use Word a fair bit but rarely Excel and Access so whilst I never nearly needed the whole Office Suite the cost of just Word alone is getting daft.

 

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I gave up with the Microsoft effort many years ago and moved over to Open Office. This had (and still has) good compatibility with most of the MS Office suite but there are some layout differences which I didn't like.

 

I moved over to LibreOffice about three years ago and found this a great improvement over Open Office. The layout is more like MS (at least on the word processor, which I use most frequently). The toolbars are coloured and have a more positive impact than the MS Office which makes it easier to use, at least for me.

 

The best thing about these independent office suites is that they can export in a number of formats, including old versions of MS Word. This is very useful if you have recipients with dinosaur versions of any type of office suite (which I have).

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