LibreOffice – What is it?

LibreOffice is am open source application that has been released under the GNU Licence. It is FREE, when I say free, I dont mean free as in the sense of "something for nothing". I mean free as in "freedom", the user can freely use, copy and edit as they see fit. Although this software costs nothing to download directly from their website, I recommend to all that like this software, that you should give them a DONATION, it doesn't matter how much as this is optional, but mainly to show appreciation to their development.



LibreOffice has all the usual applications that Ms Office has to offer, from a word processor to a database. Apart from the fact that it is completely free, it is also similar to use too. There is also plenty of support and documentation if you ever run into any issues.

Below you will find some of the main features that LibreOffice can offer you.

LibreOffice Writer is the equivalent to Ms Word.

LibreOffice Calc is the equivalent to Ms Excel.

LibreOffice Impress is the equivalent to Ms Power Point.

LibreOffice Base is the equivalent to Ms Access.

Math is formula editor, that can be used from your text documents, spreadsheets, presentations and drawings, to enable you to insert perfectly-formatted mathematical and scientific formulas. Math can either be run as a stand-alone application directly or directly from within other LibreOffice applications such as Writer, Calc, Impress and Draw.

LibreOffice can be extented by the use of extensions, this allows extra functionality that doesn't come pre-installed to be added on.

I am not saying replace Ms Office with LibreOffice, but it is certainly worth using. Even when you buy a new computer, that requires you to purchase Ms Office, it just means that you may not even need to purchase it right away or maybe even never as LibreOffice can generally do what you require. So is there any point to mount up the costs of computing when there is no need to. What if you decide to switch from a Windows PC to an Apple Mac, then you would need to purchase another copy of Ms Office just to use on a Mac. However with LibreOffice all you need to do is download the Mac version from their website, same with Linux users too (no official installable Ms Office version for Linux).