Quick Hit: LibreOffice 6.0 Coming Soon

Steven NgDatabases, RandomLeave a Comment

So it looks like another major release of LibreOffice is launching tomorrow. If you haven’t heard of LibreOffice, it’s a free equivalent of Microsoft Office that’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

We still rely heavily on Microsoft Office for interoperability — I have found that the only tools that perfectly import complex Office files is… Office. Having said that, not everyone is wild on the price for Office. Our Office 365 plan isn’t cheap considering how much we use it, and the plans changed a while back that got rid of Microsoft Access for our 365¬†pricing tier. Needless to say, I was¬†not happy about that.

The LibreOffice suite includes Writer (Word), Calc (Excel), Impress (Powerpoint), Draw (Visio), Base (Access) and Math (Equation Editor). Let me set your expectations clearly though– LibreOffice is generally not as polished as Office, but it does offer a lot of the functionality. If you’re in business intelligence, however, the Base application in particular is quite useful. It’s just like Access in that you can create local databases and access database servers. It’s definitely not as nice as Access, but if your wallet (or more likely, your company’s wallet) is feeling thin, it definitely does the job with a minimal learning curve (if you’re coming from Access).

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