LibreOffice, an open-source suite of apps for work productivity has now released a new version – LibreOffice 7. This new update bought more improvements, support, and bug fixes from earlier versions, thus making itself a better alternative to Microsoft’s Office 365. And yeah, it’s completely free!

LibreOffice 7 Comes Released With More Improvements and Support

Microsoft has long been praised for its Office 365 suite of apps, without which the corporates would be unimaginable these days. The Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneDrive, etc are being used by millions across the world daily. But, Microsoft is intentionally washing off the charm of Office 365 by shifting it more to online-only.

While forcing users to pay for the suite (though reasonable) is one reason, pushing the services to the cloud is another. But if you want an old-style suite that still sits on your PC, here’s our suggestion – LibreOffice 7.

LibreOffice is a product of The Document Foundation (TDF), which made its office suite completely open-source. Its code is managed by individuals of 26%, and the rest by corporates like Red Hat, Collabora, and CIB.

Now, the maker has released a new version, LibreOffice 7 which gives us more reasons to migrate away from Microsoft’s Office 365.

The new office now has better compatibility with DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX files. The opening of exported XLSX files with shapes, which previously had bugs is also resolved. Other notable improvements include,

  • Skia graphics engine and Vulkan GPU acceleration.
  • Support for the new 2019 Open Document Format (ODF) 1.3 format.
  • Padded numbering in lists for consistency.
  • Better handling of quotation marks and apostrophes
  • Semi-transparent text is now supported
  • Bookmarks can now be displayed in-line within the text
  • Navigator is easier to use, with more context menus

The LibreOffice 7 supports a wide range of platforms like macOS, Windows, Chrome OS, Linux, and several Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Docker images and Univention Virtual Machines. Get the latest LibreOffice 7 here.


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