LibreOffice is a free and open source office suite that offers many of the same features you’d get from Microsoft Office. In fact, you can use LibreOffice to view or edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer. It also supports a wide range of other document formats.

Now the folks at The Document Foundation are planning to port LibreOffice to run on Android and iOS, which will allow smartphone and tablet users to use the powerful office suite.

Volunteer developer Tor Lillqvist has already compiled much of the code to run on Android and iOS, but the user interface is still in the early stages. We probably won’t actually see finished products available for download until late 2012 or early 2013.

Still, it looks like commercial office suites such as QuickOffice and Documents To Go will have some serious competition from the open source community in the near year or two.

via CNET

Brad Linder

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One reply on “LibreOffice document editors coming to Android, iOS”

  1. LibreOffice Empowers!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: 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. lets you quickly & easily upload to Google DocsI also recommend The complete Writer Guide: Getting Started guide (full book)

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