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LibreOffice On Its Way To The Android

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Published: Saturday, May 5th, 2012 09:45:40 AM

Another important and long-awaited Android word processor is expected to make its Android in the hopefully not-too-distant future. LibreOffice, the cousin to the popular open source OpenOffice productivity software should be made available without cost to the Android users.

For years OpenOffice has represented perhaps the foremost alternative to the Microsoft Office suite of productivity products. OpenOffice is built on an open source concept. In other words, the code to the software isn't proprietary and it does not cost to license the program. The provides a productivity alternative to the budget conscious user who does not feel he can afford to pay for Microsoft Office. With the advent of the Internet and broadband, computer users could just download OpenOffice on the web and not even worry about purchasing traditional shelfware from Microsoft.

OpenOffice lost some of its appeal to the open source community when the company charged with maintaining the product was purchased by Oracle. Thus the beginnings of LibreOffice. LibreOffice was built by some of the same developers who worked on the OpenOffice project only as a fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice isn�t controlled by Oracle.

Some probably feel that Oracle intends to kill off OpenOffice by not innovating and continuing to develop out the program. This suspicion inherits some validity as it appears as if there is no effort to bring OpenOffice to the Android platform. What better place to have an open source program than Android right? A person would certainly not be out of line to think that one of the leading open source programs would be one of the first to integrate with the very open Android platform.

LibreOffice to the rescue. Last year, word began to emerge indicating the development of LibreOffice for both Android and iOS. The emergence of the product on tablet and smart phone would give LibreOffice a clear advantage over its older open source counterpart and ironically could also put the app on the position of making it to the mobile platform before Microsoft.

LibreOffice purportedly could see a release in late 2012 or in the early parts of 2013.

The LibreOffice team also seeks to create a web-based experience similar to the one offered by Google Docs. Depending on the quality of this development the web portal may offer tablet user a method for using LibreOffice even prior to the release of his mobile device's native app.

Stay tuned, this site will almost certainly feature a resource center dedicated to the LibreOffice release.

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