The Document Foundation has released version 4.1.3 of LibreOffice. This version is recommended for all users since it fixes a number of bugs and and eliminates crashes observed in the previous version. Highlights of version 4.1.x include the ability to rotate images in Writer and the option to activate the new Sidebar user interface, in addition to increased interoperability with proprietary and old document 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.