LibreOffice is a project derived from OpenOffice after its acquisition by Oracle (and later transferred to Apache). Although now the development of both free suites will separate the features offered by each are similar. Both suites look confront the current leader and win Microsoft Office users thanks to its free nature and offering features up to the suite of Microsoft.

A few hours ago, The Document Foundation published a new version of its office suite: LibreOffice 4.3. 6 months later than the earlier publication of LibreOffice, this new version includes many new and exciting features for all users of the suite:

libreoffice 4.2

  • Improves compatibility to open and save documents in Microsoft Office, especially in the field of DOCX and RTF.
  • New engine for spreadsheets that allows the GPU to use for large parallel calculations.
  • A new startup window.
  • Improvements in Windows specifically designed for enterprise environments.
  • Integration with Windows 7 and Windows 8 is improved.
  • A new filter to import documents and Abiword Apple formats.
  • Preview earlier documents.
  • Impress Remote Control for Android and iOS.
  • New set of icons.
  • Writer rendering through OpenGL.

LibreOffice continues to be distributed completely free and open source. It supports virtually all desktop operating systems and can be downloaded from the main website. Linux users can install this latest version also more simply by typing the following lines from a terminal:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa: libreoffice / ppa
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install libreoffice

Interesting news given that some countries like the UK is considering replacing your office software (Microsoft Office currently) for free alternatives, one of the most interesting LibreOffice. We must also remember that Valencia finished implementing their systems in LibreOffice and save during this 2014 over a million and a half euros within MS Office licenses.

Are you a user of LibreOffice? What do you think this new version of the office suite?