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LibreOffice 7.3 brings big changes to the free Office alternative

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What you need to know

  • A major update recently rolled out for LibreOffice that brings the suite to version 7.3.
  • The update improves how LibreOffice works with Microsoft's file formats and includes a long list of new features and changes.
  • LibreOffice is available for free on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

LibreOffice just received a major update to version 7.3. The update brings a number of interoperability improvements that help the suite of applications work better with Microsoft Office files. Version 7.3 of LibreOffice also includes a long list of changes and improvements, which can be found in a comprehensive changelog.

Many of the changes seen in LibreOffice 7.3 focus on smoothing the transition between Microsoft Office and LibreOffice. The improvements should also make it easier to exchange documents between the two productivity suites.

The developers of LibreOffice highlight three interoperability improvements:

  • Development of new features, such as the new handling of change tracking in tables and when text is moved, which have a positive impact on interoperability with Microsoft Office documents.
  • Performance improvements when opening large DOCX and XLSX/XLSM files, improved rendering speed of some complex documents, and new rendering speed improvements when using the Skia back-end introduced with LibreOffice 7.1.
  • Improvements to import/export filters: DOC (greatly improved list/numbering import); DOCX (greatly improved list/numbering import; hyperlinks attached to shapes are now imported/exported; fix permission for editing; track change of paragraph style); XLSX (decreased row height for Office XLSX files; cell indent doesn't increase on each save; fix permission for editing; better support of XLSX charts); and PPTX (fixed interactions and hyperlinks on images; fix the incorrect import/export of PPTX slide footers; fix hyperlinks on images and shapes; transparent shadow for tables).

A video by the LibreOffice team (shown above) also outlines some of the key changes in the latest version.

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Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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5 Comments
  • "The update brings a number of interoperability improvements that help the suite of applications work better with Microsoft Office files." MSFT does not have to do anything to be compatible to Libre Office, that shows who is the Head and who is the Tail.
  • I don't think the makers of LibreOffice would disagree with you.
  • On the contrary, Microsoft has made significant investments in supporting LibreOffice file formats. See for example https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/differences-between-the-opend... for details.
  • Different market, Libre office is a free or cheap office suite, which people who don't want or need to pay out the price of office can use. sure there need to be some compatibility with MS office, after all MS pushed all the others out, so Office is all we left with in the higher end market.
    The majority of Libre office use will be home users, who just need an office suite for bits and bobs.
    but i do know a couple of people who run a business using Libre office.
  • And you seem to be forgetting that not everyone wants the same from their software. And in many instances rely on free software like this for whatever reason.