LibreOffice is available in version 7.4 and pushes interoperability with Microsoft Office even further While presenting itself as a better choice compared to Microsoft Office

The LibreOffice office suite is available in version 7.4. In this latest version, an even greater effort has been made to bring the open source office suite even closer to the Microsoft Office suite. And the LibreOffice team makes no bones about it. Quite the contrary. From there, the developers of LibreOffice did not use disguised words to present their product as better than the Microsoft Office suite while recalling certain advantages of LibreOffice such as native support for the OpenDocument format (ODF). But would that be enough to push Microsoft Office users to turn to the open source suite?

With the large market share that the proprietary Microsoft Office suite holds, especially at the level of the Web and computers, the developers of LibreOffice have for several years taken this fact into account by orienting their decisions accordingly. Thus in this latest version, the latter have integrated a large number of improvements and new functionalities intended for users sharing documents with MS Office or migrating from MS Office.

With these even deeper integrations, the LibreOffice team claims that LibreOffice offers the highest level of compatibility in the office suite market segment, with superior support for MS Office files. to this, the maintainers of LibreOffice add that their suite incorporates better security than proprietary formats, supports a large number of old document formats and above all is editable as desired due to its open source format, which makes this suite a better solution. choice for users over Microsoft Office.

Other arguments put forward by the developers of LibreOffice to convince users of the superiority of LibreOffice over Microsoft Office is that, according to them, Microsoft Office files are still based on the proprietary format rendered obsolete by the ISO in 2008, and not on the standard approved by ISO. Thus these files hide a large amount of artificial complexity which leads to management problems with LibreOffice, which unlike Microsoft Office by default uses a true open standard format (the OpenDocument format), supports the LibreOffice team.

In general, as far as individuals are concerned, the migration from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice is done without too much inconvenience since the deployment can be easily managed on a smaller scale. Similarly, training needs can be handled quite easily by the individual making the migration. However, on the business side, the difficulties are not the same. Also to help companies migrate from proprietary office suites LibreOffice, which is based on the deployment of an LTS version of the LibreOffice Enterprise family, The Document Foundation has specially developed a migration protocol and provides advice and migration training provided by certified professionals who offer value-added solutions online, specifies the foundation.

But will this be enough to get Microsoft Office users to turn to LibreOffice?

Beyond this even greater interoperability with Microsoft Office, we also have several improvements both in the office suite and in the individual applications. At the suite level, we now have support for WebP images and EMZ/WMZ image formats. Other enhancements are also available such as a new search field for the extension manager, help pages for the ScriptForge script library, and other performance and compatibility improvements.

At the suite application level, it is now possible in the Writer text editor to see the deletion and insertion of tracked footnotes in the footnotes area. Also in the same application, modified lists now show the original numbers in change tracking. Finally, as another major improvement in Writer, we have added new optional hyphenation parameters to adjust text flow at the paragraph level.

In the Calc spreadsheet, we have the following improvements:

  • support for 16,384 columns in spreadsheets;
  • additional functions in the AutoSum drop-down widget;
  • new menu item to search for sheet names.

Finally in the Impress presentation tool, we have new support for document themes.

LibreOffice 7.4 Community is available now in 120 languages ​​for the main desktop operating systems (Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS), for mobile platforms (Android and iOS) and for the cloud.

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Source: The Document Foundation

And you?

Have you tested this latest version of LibreOffice? What’s your take on the new stuff?

In your opinion, can LibreOffice really compete with and steal market share from Microsoft Office?

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