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25 Jul 2013
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LibreOffice 4.1: A Landmark For Interoperability [31959]
Improvements bring compatibility with proprietary and legacy file formats to the next level

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.1, not only the best but also the most interoperable free office suite ever. LibreOffice 4.1 features a large number of improvements in the area of document compatibility, which increases the opportunities of sharing knowledge with users of proprietary software while retaining the original layout and contents.

Interoperability is a key asset for LibreOffice, which is the de facto standard for migrations to free office suites since early 2012. Numerous improvements have been made to Microsoft OOXML import and export filters, as well as to legacy Microsoft Office and RTF file filters. Most of these improvements derive from the fundamental activity of certified developers backing migration projects, based on a professional support agreement.

Instrumental for interoperability are also new features such as font embedding in Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw - which helps in retaining the visual aspect when fonts used to produce the document are not installed on the target PC - and import and export functions new in Excel 2013 for ODF OpenFormula compatibility.
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24 Jul 2013
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Apache OpenOffice 4.0 [31958]
Features an innovative new Sidebar user interface

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 is now available for download from the official download page. Building upon the great success of the OpenOffice 3.4 release, which has seen over 57 million downloads, this major update brings exciting new features, enhancements and bug fixes.

OpenOffice 4.0 features an innovative new Sidebar user interface, additional language support for 22 languages (including 3 new languages), 500 bug fixes, improvements in Microsoft Office interoperability, enhancements to drawing/graphics, performance improvements, etc. You can read the details of these later in the Release Notes.
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28 Jun 2013
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LibreOffice 4.0.4 [31575]
Many improvements in the area of interoperability with proprietary document formats

The Document Foundation (TDF) announced LibreOffice 4.0.4, for Windows, OS X and Linux, the fourth minor release of LibreOffice 4.0 family and the last before the announcement of LibreOffice 4.1 in late July.

LibreOffice 4.0.4 features many improvements in the area of interoperability with proprietary document formats. This ongoing activity has been instrumental for the choice of LibreOffice by all major migration projects to free software since early 2012, including several central and local governments in Europe and South America.
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25 May 2013
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Apache OpenOffice: One Year, 50 Million Downloads [31102]
Apache OpenOffice was formerly called

Recently, in a blog on, it was noted that "yesterday we reached the 50 million download mark for Apache OpenOffice 3.4. This milestone occurred within a few days of the first anniversary of the release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4., on May 8th, 2012.

Apache OpenOffice (formerly called is the leading free and open source office application suite for Windows, Mac and Linux. Version 1.0 of OpenOffice was released 11 years ago, in May 2002.

Although we're all very busy now with the testing of our next major release, Apache OpenOffice 4.0, it is worth taking a few minutes to explore some of the trends that can be discerned from our download data over the past year. The information we have gathered, relative to desktop OS versions, 64-bit Linux use, screen aspect ratios, etc., may be of special interest to other open source projects to consider in their planning..."
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18 May 2013
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LibreOffice 4.0.3 [31011]
For Windows, OS X and Linux,

The Document Foundation (TDF) has released LibreOffice 4.0.3, for Windows, OS X and Linux, the third minor release of LibreOffice 4.0 family. OS X Intel packages are now signed by The Document Foundation, to pass OS X Gatekeeper security without user intervention.

In the meantime, another large migration to LibreOffice has been announced, as the government of Spain's autonomous region of Extremadura has just begun the switch to free software of desktop PCs and expects the majority of its 40,000 PCs to be migrated by the end of 2013. Extremadura estimates that the move to open source – including LibreOffice – will help save 30 million Euro per year.

Community is growing too. After the success of the LibreOffice Impress Sprint in Germany, it is now the turn of the first LibreOffice Bay Area Meetup. It will take place on May 11, 2013 starting at 2pm in the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California. Bjoern Michaelsen will be there for some good Q&A, and most importantly for some hands-on work on how to get involved in the project, with Simon Phipps keynoting about 'Foundations and Empires'.
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22 Apr 2013
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LibreOffice Upgrades Continue at a Regular Pace [30527]
Version 3.6.6 Is now Available

The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced the release of LibreOffice 3.6.6, for Windows, MacOS and Linux, targeted to enterprises and individual end users who prefer stability to more advanced features. This new release is suited to the increasing number of organizations migrating to LibreOffice, which is steadily growing worldwide. LibreOffice 3.6.6 is available for immediate download as are its extensions.
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