LibreOffice, a free and open source office suite, offers many of the same features found in Microsoft Office. In fact, users can use LibreOffice to view and edit Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents on just about any computer.

Now The Document Foundation is planning to port LibreOffice to iOS and Android, which will allow smartphone and tablet users to use the open source suite.

One volunteer developer, Tor Lillqvist, has already compiled the majority of the LibreOffice code to run on multiple mobile operating systems. Of course, the user interface is still in the early stages. Enthusiasts probably won’t see a finished product until 2012.

Despite the slow progress, it looks like QuickOffice and Documents To Go will have some serious competition in the next year or two.

3 COMMENTS
  1. I am a person who uses LibreOffice (LO) almost everyday.

    LO coming on tablets soon, so versatile!

    Try out the extensions available with LO. It makes LO even more useful. Here are some very good extensions for LO:

    http://www.languagetool.org/
    – helps detect some grammar mistakes
    -Requires Java 6.0 or later.
    For Ubuntu (Linux) users I recommend they download libreoffice-java-common from the Ubuntu Software Center.

    http://code.google.com/p/ooo2gd/downloads/detail?name=ooo2gd_3.0.0.oxt&can=2&q=
    that lets you quickly & easily upload to Google Docs

    I also recommend “The complete Writer Guide”:
    http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/cgi_img_auth.php/b/ba/0200WG3-WriterGuide.pdf

    and http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Documentation

    & Getting Started guide (full book) http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/cgi_img_auth.php/c/c4/0100GS3-GettingStartedLibO.pdf

  2. Requiring is a Deal Breaker. I’ve been really trying to warm up to this but in the past week I’ve installed and uninstalled it for a couple of reasons:
    1. ODF formatted documents do not display properly in Microsoft Word (Web App) and in some cases even breaks in Google Docs. iWorks mobile (which I would pay for if I were an iOS user, in lieu of using a non-Apple developed app – for support and polish reasons) doesn’t properly support it. LibreOffice has failed to open documents I had just saved and closed in the same program randomly. Other times it’s failed to format them correctly. This also happens when opening documents saved in LO or OOo in the opposite applications.
    2. No Mobile applications support ODF formatted files, other than Google Docs and really a Web-based office suite is simply not going to cut it for me.
    My only choice right now is to get the Office subscription.
    Additionally, I need Access cause OOo/LO Base doesn’t cut it, and there’s nothing like OneNote in LO/OOo – EverNote isn’t even in the same league as OneNote.
    Lastly, anything that requires Java is an instant showstopper. The core extensions do shipped with the product do not run without Java, various Wizards do not run without Java. The entire database component doesn’t run without Java.
    The User Interface is like Office 2003, with worse feature discoverability and the documentation is beyond terrible.
    I’m going to go with Office 2013, stick with Office Suite Pro 7 on Android (which has SkyDrive Support) along with the Android SkyDrive and OneNote Mobile apps. If I switch to WP8 this will all be built in. If I switch to iOS there is iWorks (infinitely more compatible with MSO than LO/OOo) and OneNote Mobile/SkyDrive apps and Outlook.com has EAS support.

  3. “Suit”? Really? You’ve used the word “suit” in this headline. It should be “suite”. When I saw the headline in some search results, I thought there was a lawsuit about LibreOffice. Please, Tapscape, have an editor-in-chief check articles before they appear on your website.

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