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As LibreOffice Turns One, a Peek Ahead at What's to Come

PCW - It was just about a year ago that I was writing about the launch of LibreOffice, and now here we are today, marking the free productivity software suite's first year.

A lot has happened along the way since the fork was first launched out of concern over Oracle's plans for the OpenOffice.org suite, which it inherited when it acquired Sun early last year. Not only is LibreOffice now the office suite of choice on pretty much all the leading Linux distributions, but millions of Windows and Mac users have embraced it as well. In fact, there are now an estimated 25 million people worldwide using the software, according to the Document Foundation, including close to 10 million Windows users.

The software has effectively replaced OpenOffice.org as the leading open source Microsoft Office alternative for personal and enterprise use, in other words, and it shows no sign of slowing down.