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LibreOffice developer shows prototype Android and HTML5 ports

Feb 07, 2012, 18:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"The LibreOffice developers aim to maximize the amount of code that is shared between the desktop, mobile, and cloud variants of the office suite. Instead of rewriting the software or maintaining separate implementations, the existing code base will be adapted to work in new environments.

Due to the inherent complexity and sophistication of an office suite, writing a separate version for each environment or rewriting from scratch in a form that is more conducive to portability would be impractical. Meeks cited several examples of failed office suite rewrites in his presentation slides?including Microsoft's defunct Pyramid project and Corel's abandoned Java-based rewrite of Corel Office?to highlight the risk of such an undertaking.

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