OpenOffice was once a very popular alternative to the Microsoft Office because it was available for free. However, since Google came up with Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides making them available online for free. Microsoft was forced to rethink its strategy and gave out some of its popular Office suite products for free. You can now use MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free online.
With free office suites from both Google and Microsoft, and given the strong brand name they come with. OpenOffice slowly and steadily slid into (for lack of better words) irrelevance. So much so, that developers’ interest shifted to other office suites platforms.
Perhaps the most notably freemium office suite where much developers’ interests seems to be focusing on is the LibreOffice. You can tell it has more volunteer developers from the frequently published updates it gets, unlike OpenOffice whose last update has not been forthcoming for a long time.
Indeed, LibreOffice has now become the popular alternative office suite to the premium MS Office. It has overtaken OpenOffice, both in terms of the …read more