OpenOffice Vs LibreOffice

While Microsoft Office is arguably the most famous Office suite, it can cost you enough to break the bank. this is especially true if you need multiple licenses for different devices. While the new Office 365 mechanism intends to address that, for many users the free alternatives work just fine. There are two names that stand out when we talk about free Office alternatives, at least for desktop computers. In this rundown we will compare both these application suites, i.e. OpenOffice vs LibreOffice.

openoffice vs libreoffice

What’s OpenOffice?

Apache OpenOffice is defined in its homepage as the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics and databases. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers (Mac, PC and Linux). It can be downloaded and used completely free of charge for any purpose. OpenOffice is widely adopted by organizations in a wide range of industries and sectors such as Governments, Education, Telecom, IT Businesses, F/OSS advocates and more.

OpenOffice has a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet app (Calc), presentation app (Impress), Database application (Base), a drawing application (Draw), and a formula application (Math).


What’s LibreOffice?

LibreOffice is a powerful Open Source office suite with a very clean interface and feature-rich tools that help you unleash your creativity and boost your productivity. It is available across different operating systems (Mac, Windows and Linux).

As another suite of programs such as Microsoft Office, LibreOffice includes several applications to boost your productivity in the office, these are virtually the same as OpenOffice including; Writer (for word processing), Calc (spreadsheets equivalent to Google Sheets or Microsoft Excel), Impress (for presentations, equivalent to Microsoft PowerPoint or Google Slides), Draw (for vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (for databases) and Math (for formula editing).


Differences Between OpenOffice and LibreOffice

OpenOffice and LibreOffice are by and large quite similar. In fact, their interface and code has many similarities. However, there are also a few differences that make one stand out from the other.

1. Mobile Versions

While both platforms currently don’t have very comprehensive official mobile apps, however, a third-party app known as AndrOpen Office is available which is a fork for OpenOffice. The closest to this app that LibreOffice has is the LibreOffice Viewer for Android. When it comes to mobile apps, especially Android apps, OpenOffice arguably has more third-party apps and mobile apps in general, such as the OpenDocument Reader.

openoffice and libreoffice mobile versions

2. Android Remote

LibreOffice has an Android presentation remote by the name of LibreOffice Impress Remote. Currently, OpenOffice has no such app, and hence OpenOffice users don’t have the ability to convert their mobile phones into OpenOffice remotes.

libreoffice remote for android

3. Language Support

When it comes to language support, LibreOffice has a much wider range of supported languages as compared to OpenOffice. In fact, many of the OpenOffice supported languages have become obsolete.

language support

4. The License

One of the major differences between OpenOffice and LibreOffice includes their license. The Apache OpenOffice project has a more ‘open’ Apache License, whereas LibreOffice uses a dual LGPLv3 / MPL license. This essentially means that while LibreOffice can use the OpenOffice code, OpenOffice cannot do the same.

license difference

5. Updates and Enhancements

When it comes to the debate of OpenOffice vs LibreOffice, the latter provides more frequent updates. On the contrary, support for OpenOffice is arguably slower to make radical changes to the suite.

openoffice and libreoffice

The Verdict

LibreOffice is arguably more efficient than OpenOffice, whereas OpenOffice has a larger range of third-party applications due to its license which allows developers to freely tweak with the code. However, when it comes to OpenOffice vs LibreOffice; it seems that LibreOffice beats OpenOffice by a small margin.

You can download both Office application suites from the links below, including portable versions.

Go to Download LibreOffice and Libre Office Portable

Go to Download OpenOffice  and OpenOffice Portable

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