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Review: Hands on LibreOffice 3.3

Feb 07, 2011, 21:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"The Document Foundation released the first new version of its LibreOffice suite on January 25th, and it was far too tempting not to grab a copy and run it through its paces. And while there are a few new features of note, this is still pretty much OpenOffice.org, with all the attendant advantages and foibles.

"This is to be expected, of course, since the fork of LibreOffice from the Oracle-controlled (formerly Sun-controlled) OpenOffice.org project only occurred four months ago. Expecting a drastic change is folly in that timeframe. But it still bears noting, because a lot of the problems users may have with the OpenOffice.org suite could still be present.

"A lot, but not all, so let's give credit where credit is due. The feature I found most helpful in LibreOffice 3.3 was a much better improvement in file importing from Microsoft Office. OpenOffice.org has long-touted its capability to open and save Office files, but in reality most users know that any file with any kind of complexity was going to have to have problems coming across."

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