The Document Foundation has released version 4.0 of LibreOffice with major new features and improvements. Highlights include compatibility with the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) standard and better support Microsoft Office file formats.
LibreOffice is a branch from OpenOffice, which was acquired by Oracle through Sun Microsystems, and then passed on the Apache Software Foundation. It has been an Open Source project, which made it possible for other organizations to use it as a starting point for the development of alternative office suites such LibreOffice.
Like OpenOffice, LibreOffice is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. The package includes applications for writing text documents (Writer), similar to Microsoft Word, a program for writing and performing presentations (Impress), similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, a spreadsheet program (Calc), similar to Microsoft Excel, a database program (Base), which is similar to Microsoft Access, and a drawing application (Draw). There are also extension packages and a Math package for constructing formulas and equations.
Developers have added a number of features that are unique to LibreOffice, which includes the option to import SVG vector graphics files, a title page formatting tool in Writer, improved cell management in Calc, and the ability to import Microsoft Works and Lotus Word Pro documents.