LibreOffice Beats OpenOffice.org Debut by a Whisker

LibreOffice 3.3 is as polished as one might expect in a project that, for all of its novelty,

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has many years of development work backing it up. Any outfit that's looking for a solid toolset for users who don't require a lot of handholding, or integration with Microsoft's Office server applications, could do much worse than to choose it. For many users, this will have everything necessary in a desktop productivity suite, for an unbeatable price: free. The suite consists of the Writer word processor, the Calc spreadsheet, the Impress presentation creator and its associated Draw component, the Math equation editor, the Base database manager and a PDF creation tool. If some of those names seem familiar, they should; they come from the corresponding tools in OpenOffice.org. But LibreOffice is more than just a badge-engineered version of OpenOffice.org. A number of features are unique to LibreOffice, and that itself is significant, considering that the project has only existed for about four months.

Read my full review of LibreOffice at eweek.com.