LibreOffice moves to the cloud to take on Office Online and Google Docs

LibreOffice moves to the cloud to take on Office Online and Google Docs

Four years in the making, LibreOffice is working towards moving online. LibreOffice Online is due to spring from a partnership between IceWarp and Collabora with the aim of competing directly with Google Docs and Office 365. Upon launch, it will be the first cloud-based office suite to offer support for the Open Document Format (ODF) standard.

Based on HTML 5, there's not currently a launch date for LibreOffice Online but IceWarp and Collabora hope to drive competition and innovation by entering the market. The suite is already available for just about every mobile and desktop platform, so the move to the cloud was all but inevitable.

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Announcing the new collaboration, Collabora said that it had identified a need for cloud-based document editing and collaboration, and that the LibreOffice Online project would help to improve interoperability between existing services. IceWarp has plenty of experience in this field and its IceWarp Server solution already allows for the online management and viewing of Office documents. Collabora has been a LibreOffice contributor for many years now, and has already put work into an enterprise version of the suite.

In a blog post, Eliane Domingos de Sousa, Director of The Document Foundation said:

LibreOffice was born with the objective of leveraging the OpenOffice historic heritage to build a solid ecosystem capable of attracting those investments which are key for the further development of free software. Thanks to the increasing number of companies which are investing on the development of LibreOffice, we are on track to make it available on every platform, including the cloud. We are grateful to IceWarp for providing the resources for a further development of LibreOffice Online.

With no timeframe for launch yet sketched out, it's a case of 'watch this space' for more news.

13 Responses to LibreOffice moves to the cloud to take on Office Online and Google Docs

  1. nilst2011 says:

    Another company that haven't understood that people won't use the so called cloud....

  2. BoltmanLives says:

    You left out "Libre office sucks eggs"...other than that the cloud is big enough for all.

    • Bob Grant says:

      When was the last time you used it? Right now, with the most updated version, it's nearly as good as MSO at handling MSO file types, and far exceeds MSO in all other areas, especially customizability.

    • phredered says:

      Funny I switched to it when office couldn't read some files it created and libreoffice could.

  3. CyberInferno says:

    "Thank goodness! This is exactly what I was hoping for!"

    ...said nobody, ever.

  4. barely_normal says:

    "The suite is already available for just about every mobile and desktop
    platform, so the move to the cloud was all but inevitable."

    I need some clarification on this - when something is already free to use, and available for your platform, why would it need become a part of "the cloud" and where would any inevitability arise from?

    Be aware, I am not bashing the product - I think it is QUITE good, but as I said, when FREE and available for nearly all known platforms, where is the need for anything to do with cloud computing? If you are contemplating an answer citing storage of documents, remember there are many people already using some other cloud storage, thus making anything - unless completely free and unlimited - from LibreOffice superfluous.

    • Joseph says:

      There are devices that rely on the cloud for almost everything. Chromebooks currently cannot open LibreOffice documents and do not have native applications that can open those documents. The advantage of moving to the cloud is that you can get support for LibreOffice much sooner and do not have to go through your devices makers app store.

      • barely_normal says:

        Though my first thought was "Sucks to be them!", in truth I would say that this would be a problem for very few, as I tend to believe that the majority of people who would buy a Chromebook would be the all-in types that would also be using Google docs.

  5. Eric Sleeper says:

    LibreOffice has always been the best FREE 'good-enough' program out there (IMO). The key word is FREE, and I feel it's time has past with Office Online (FREE) and Google Docs (Free).

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