LibreOffice 4.2 Office Suite Boasts New Features, Performance Boost

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2014-02-03

The open-source LibreOffice 4.2 office suite was officially released by The Document Foundation on Jan. 30, providing users with incremental new features and improved performance. LibreOffice got its start in September 2010 after being forked from the open-source suite. OpenOffice had been a project originally run by Sun Microsystems and then Oracle, after Sun was acquired in 2009. LibreOffice enjoys the broad support of most of the leading Linux distributions and is often the default office suite on the Linux desktop. LibreOffice isn't just for Linux users though, as there are versions for both Apple Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. The LibreOffice 4 product line was first released in February 2013 and is intended to be the first branch of LibreOffice that exists outside of the shadow of OpenOffice as an effort with its own direction and not just about fixing legacy code. As a fully featured office suite, LibreOffice includes word processing, spreadsheet and presentation capabilities and has filters to import and export in myriad formats. In the LibreOffice 4.2 release, work has been done to improve those import/export filters, including better support for Microsoft document file formats as well as Apple's Keynote presentation format. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the features of the new LibreOffice 4.2 release.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at, the news service of, the network for technology professionals.

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