The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.2 as its latest open-source office suite. The newest version brings several new features to compete against proprietary solutions including Microsoft Office.
In the list of new features that come bundled with LibreOffice 5.2, document classification comes at first. This feature is designed to classify your documents as per the TSPC standard. The suite automatically stores the classification level in the XML code of the document. Moreover, you can view how a particular document is classified right from its top.
Apart from the classification, the updated LibreOffice comes bundled with some financial features. There is a forecast function to predict future financial details right through the Calc spreadsheet program. The suite now also supports multiple signature descriptions alongside the ability to import and export signatures from OOXML files.
The Document Foundation has additionally provided some improved interoperability features that include better import filters within Writer as well as the support for Word for DOS legacy documents. To enhance security over cloud storage, LibreOffice 5.2 has two-factor authentication for Google Drive. The office package also sports program modules with new drawing tools such as filled curves, polygons and freedom lines.
140 million downloads so far
LibreOffice is already one of the leading open source office alternatives to Microsoft Office. The Document Foundation estimates that the office package has been downloaded over 140 million times since its first launch in 2011. Furthermore, nearly 80 people contribute their efforts on a monthly basis to improve the community-driven project.
The latest version of LibreOffice comes in new packaging formats to deliver an upgraded experience. Further, you can leverage its features through Snap on your Linux-based desktop.
Online office support
Going forward, open source enabler The Document Foundation is set to launch its LibreOffice Online. This new web-based productivity offering would take on Google Docs by letting users access its features directly from their servers.
“LibreOffice is growing fast, thanks to distinctive advantages such as the standard document format, which is recognised by a growing number of governments as the best solution for interoperability,” said Thorsten Behrens, one of the directors of The Document Foundation.
New version next year
The new release will get upgraded to LibreOffice 5.3 in February next year. Meanwhile, you can experience its features by installing the free package on your Windows, Mac OS or GNU/Linux system.
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