LibreOffice 4.4 Arrives


Free productivity suite comes with improved interoperability features.

The Document Foundation has announced the release of LibreOffice 4.4.
The free LibreOffice project began as a fork of OpenOffice and has since become the default productivity suite for many Linux systems, as well a leading contender for enterprise companies that would rather avoid the licensing fees associated with Microsoft Office. The latest release comes with several features that enhance interoperability with Microsoft products, including improved import filters for Visio, Microsoft Publisher, and Microsoft Works files. The new release also adds support for Windows OpenGL transitions.
LibreOffice also gets new support for digitally signing PDF files, new editing features for the Impress presentation tool, and enhanced change tracking.
LibreOffice design leader Jan "Kendy" Holesovsky calls the latest release "the most beautiful ever." According to Holesovsky, the design team has "completed the dialog conversion, redesigned menu bars, context menus, toolbars, status bars to make them much more useful."   
LibreOffice 4.4 is available right now at the LibreOffice website. Linux users can also wait for the new release to arrive soon at their distro's package repository system.


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