LibreOffice 4.0 speaks content management

The new version of the LibreOffice supports the CMIS content management exchange standard

By , IDG News Service |  Enterprise Software, Document Foundation, LibreOffice

The newly released LibreOffice 4.0 comes with an expanded set of APIs (application programming interfaces) that will allow developers and organizations to build better plug-ins for the software. The user interface has been refined as well.

Since its fork from OpenOffice 30 months ago, LibreOffice seems to have no shortage of volunteers to help contribute to the code. The project has thus far attracted more than 500 developers, who have submitted over 50,000 changes and updates.

The LibreOffice developers have added or replaced several million lines of code, in many cases taking advantage of new speedy C++ constructs. Deprecated methods and obsolete libraries have been removed, and many of the comments in the source code have been translated from German to English (the code base for LibreOffice originally came from a German company, StarDivision, and was known as StarOffice).

Leading the development of LibreOffice, the Document Foundation has been keeping enterprise use in mind, Meeks said. And some organizations are using the office suite as an alternative to Microsoft Office. The city of Munich, for instance, is deploying LibreOffice. Vendors are taking note of the software as well: Novel bundles LibreOffice with its GroupWare collaboration software for a combined package.

Although LibreOffice 4.0 can be thought of as an iterative release, it makes up for a lot of lost momentum that occurred when LibreOffice split from OpenOffice two years back, Karcher said. The performance improvements and updated compatibility with Microsoft file formats help in this regard, though improvements still need to be made in collaboration and mobile use, he said.

LibreOffice 4.0 can be downloaded at no cost.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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