Everyone knows about Microsoft Office, but now there is yet another option to the standard software package with LibraOffice, an all-in-one productivity and management program set for your computer. LibreOffice is in the same family as suites like OpenOffice, as it is free and open source. It is actually an offshoot that forked from OpenOffice in 2010. LibreOffice offers a comprehensive set of office management tools that can really hold up against Microsoft Office, which include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and slideshows, diagrams and drawings, maintaining databases, and math formula compositions.
All of these tools mirror the likes of Microsoft Office, so if you are used to the traditional software suite, you feel will right at home with LibreOffice. The word processor is very similar to Microsoft Word, the spreadsheet is like Excel, and the presentation is very reminiscent of PowerPoint. The same goes for all the rest of the tools as well, although the additional drawing and formula options are an added bonus to the LibreOffice package.
Additionally, LibreOffice is completely compatible with all of Microsoft Office’s document formats and also has support for native PDFs, so you do not have to worry about file format conversions in the slightest. The actual document that is created by LibreOffice is called an Open Document, but it is incredibly easy to switch back and forth between format types.
The only downside to LibreOffice that some users have mentioned is that although it is similar to Microsoft Office, it still takes some time to get used to, especially if you want to master some of the more advanced features that the program offers. The actual interface is quite similar to Microsoft Office, however, so if you just need to do your normal daily activities on a word processor and the like, you should not have a problem.
If you are looking for an alternative to Microsoft Office for whatever reason, LibreOffice is definitely a must-try to help you manage all of your various projects.