LibreOffice is a feature-rich software suite that was created as a free alternative to the hugely popular and widely used Microsoft Office software suite. LibreOffice was developed in 2011 by The Document foundation, it was written using C++, Java and Python and works on a number of different Operating Systems, including Mac, Windows and Linux. Since its release there have been a number of editions and add-ons.
LibreOffice includes a word processing application, similar to Microsoft Word, called Writer; a presentation program, similar to Microsoft Powerpoint, called Impress; a spreadsheet program, similar to Microsoft Excel, called Calc; and a vector graphics editor called Draw. LibreOffice also includes a mathematics program and a simple database management program.
LibreOffice is aimed at home users and small businesses who want the features and capabilities of big named software, without the hefty price tag that can accompany them. Its cross-platform functionality, it’s huge array of features and its versatility also make it worthy as a stand alone product, even when facing up against the likes of Microsoft Office and Apple iWorks.