Monday, 30 March 2015

LibreOffice to become the cornerstone of the world's first universal productivity solution



LibreOffice, the best free office suite ever, is
set to become the cornerstone of the world's first global personal
productivity solution - LibreOffice Online - following an announcement by
IceWarp and Collabora of a joint development effort. LibreOffice is
available as a native application for every desktop OS, and is currently
under development for Android. In addition, it is available on virtual
platforms for Chrome OS, Firefox OS and iOS.

"LibreOffice was born with the objective of leveraging the OpenOffice
heritage to build a solid ecosystem capable of attracting those investments
which are key for the further development of free software," says Eliane
Domingos de Sousa, Director of The Document Foundation. "Thanks to the
increasing number of companies which are investing on the development of
LibreOffice, we are on track to make it available on every platform,
including the cloud. We are grateful to IceWarp for providing the resources
for a further development of LibreOffice Online."

Development of LibreOffice Online started back in 2011, with the
availability of a proof of concept of the client front end, based on HTML5
technology. That proof of concept will be developed into a state of the art
cloud application, which will become the free alternative to proprietary
solutions such as Google Docs and Office 365, and the first to natively
support the Open Document Format (ODF) standard.

"It is wonderful to marry IceWarp's vision and investment with our passion
and skills for LibreOffice development. It is always satisfying to work on
something that, as a company, we have a need for ourselves," says Michael
Meeks, Vice President of Collabora Productivity, who developed the proof of
concept back in 2011 and will oversee the development of LibreOffice
Online.