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LibreOffice Productivity Suite 5.1.4

Looking for a powerful and free alternative to Microsoft Office? This is it.

by Nick Peers

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License: Open Source
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows XP
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32-bit version of Windows or Debian-based Linux required.

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 23 June 2016
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Downloads To Date: 5105
Developer: The Document Foundation
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LibreOffice Productivity Suite 5.1
Various user interface improvements feature in LibreOffice 5.0

LibreOffice has long since moved on from being an offshoot of the OpenOffice project. It's now the go-to alternative to Microsoft Office, enjoying regular development and a constant tweaking to keep it up to date, stable and secure.

While LibreOffice lacks the slick presentation of rival Windows freebie Kingsoft Office Suite Free and its Office-inspired ribbon interface, it has the major advantage of offering a full set of office applications, including database, drawing package and mathematical tool on top of the requisite word processor, spreadsheet and presentation tool found in most free office suites.

Version 5 makes much of its user-interface improvements, but while it’s definitely more navigable than before thanks to better placement of tools and visual previews of styles direct from the main toolbar, it still looks a little dated, despite the refreshed icon sets. Nevertheless, this is still a powerful suite capable of meeting most people's needs, making this zero-cost alternative to Office a valuable tool to have in your armoury.

Ever-improving support for third-party file types (including both new and classic Office formats) means you're not cutting yourself off from industry standards while cross-platform support means you can run LibreOffice on Windows, Mac or Linux without having to retrain yourself to a new way of working each time.

Version 5 introduces a dedicated 64-bit build for Windows, and promises full compatibility with Windows 10.

What else is new in LibreOffice 5.1 (see changelog for more info)?

- LibreOffice just got faster. Much faster. Reduced startup time and overall speed on Windows and the other platforms have been baked in LibreOffice 5
- User Experience comes first. New and simplified application menus, improved controls on charts and diagrams.
- Powerful graphics, beautiful transitions. Deeper integration of OpenGL and a revisited set of menus and options for Impress improve the user experience on Impress and offer better slide transitions out of the box.
- Trapped by closed formats? We can help. Support for Apple Keynote 6 presentations slides, Gnumeric, VBA macro streams back into MS OOXML as well as the ability to save files on remote locations such as cloud storage providers.
- Versatile spreadsheets, broad outcomes. A number of features have been added inside LibreOffice 5.1 Calc, such as statistics regressions - linear, logarithmic and power - with a new dialog window to calculate them; powerful search of formatted display strings, improvements in menus, compatibility with MS OOXML and new mathematical functions.

Verdict:

Don’t be put off by the dated user interface – LibreOffice is a powerful tool that includes all the core functionality most people will ever need.

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