New LibreOffice 7.2: Improved compatibility with Office, but companies actually have to pay

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The Document Foundation (TDF) LibreOffice 7.2, Free open source alternative to Microsoft Office.

LibreOffice 7.2 arrives 6 months after TDF Released LibreOffice 7.1 with message Encourage enterprise users to stop using the free Community version and move to the paid LibreOffice Enterprise version with additional support options from their partners.

TDF, this Bill LibreOffice as follows “Free and open source software” (FOSS) should stop corporate organizations from freeriding volunteer-created community versions, maintaining the position that LibreOffice can be stagnant like OpenOffice. I am. 2011 Apache Foundation.

“Despite this recommendation, more and more companies are using versions that are optimized for their needs and supported by volunteers rather than versions supported by various ecosystem companies.” TDF said in a blog post announcing LibreOffice 7.2Can be used on Windows, MacOS, and Linux From the LibreOffice website..

This poses a long-term problem with the sustainability of LibreOffice projects and jeopardizes the life of the free Community edition, TDF says.

“Delaying platform development can hurt users at all levels and ultimately lead to a stagnation in the LibreOffice project.”

In other words, enterprise users who want to avoid the fate of OpenOffice forked by LibreOffice should support TDF projects through LibreOffice Enterprise Support Partners.

LibreOffice was forked from OpenOffice after Oracle inherited OpenOffice Through the 2009 acquisition of Sun Microsystems.. Oracle was looking at the Java development platform, but OpenOffice wasn’t important.

Oracle has abolished commercial OpenOffice Passed to Apache Software Foundation in 2011.. However, although TDF has made progress with frequent updates, OpenOffice development and security fixes quickly stalled.. Linux distribution Like Debian And Ubuntu has recently distributed LibreOffice.

On the TDF LibreOffice enterprise page, The project pays attention to the community version “Ideal for home and small office users”. There is no technical support for that edition.

“LibreOffice is also ideal for schools, educational research institutes and large organizations. In such cases, we highly recommend using the LibreOffice Enterprise version from one of our ecosystem partners,” says TDF. increase.

Hacker News commenter TDF points out that everyone, including enterprise users, faces the daunting task of persuading them to pay for the FOSS office productivity suite. This is Google Workspace, whether LibreOffice or other FOSS products are hosted locally in Microsoft Office or in the cloud.

For the LibreOffice 7.2 update, the main highlights are improved interoperability with Microsoft’s proprietary file formats and availability on Apple’s Arm-based laptops.

However, TDF warns that while binaries are available, Apple Silicon builds “should not be used for critical purposes at this stage.”

There are updates to major apps such as the Writer word processor, Calc spreadsheet app, and Impress & Draw. The main updates are:

• Pop-up list for searching menu commands
• Notebook Bar scrollable style picker
• Sidebar Font Works panel
• New list view in template dialog
• Built-in “X-ray” -like UNO object inspector

• Background fill can cover the entire page beyond the margins
• You can now set a gutter margin for your page style
• Mail merge displays a warning about a non-existent data source
• Style Inspector RDF metadata
• Custom color metadata field shading

• Calc can now be filtered by color with autofilter
• Captions are now displayed in the HTML table listed in the External Data dialog
• Optional “Fat Cross” cursor
• Type can be selected on the “Moving Average” trend line

Impression and drawing
• New Templates: Candy, Fresh, Gray Elegant, Freedom to Grow, Yellow Ideas
• Multiple columns are now available in text boxes
• Direct access to magnification via status bar New LibreOffice 7.2: Improved compatibility with Office, but companies actually have to pay

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