LibreOffice 7 handles your Microsoft Office files better

Claudiu Andone
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  • The new LibreOffice 7 was released with important updates that bring it closer to Microsoft Office.
  • The free office suite improved its compatibility with DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX files.
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LibreOffice 7 improves compatibility with Microsoft Office files

You don’t have to be an expert to notice that everything is moving to a cloud near-by and Microsoft 365 really proved that this move can be performed seamlessly.

Right now, you can still use the Microsoft Office desktop apps but for how long?

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If you’re looking for that feeling of owning a piece of software and install it on your hard drive, you should take a look at Libre Office which has just been upgraded to version 7.

LibreOffice 7 gets improved for Windows 10

Since LibreOffice 7 has reached a nice and round version number it also got a few important updates.

Firstly, the free office suite improved its compatibility with DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX files and that helps a lot because we’re still living in a Microsoft Office world.

You can now save DOCX in native 2013/2016/2019 modes, not in the 2007 compatibility mode. This also has a great benefit from the interoperability perspective with the Microsoft Office versions.

Also, now you can export files with sheet names longer than 31 characters to XLSX. They also solved the invalid content error when opening exported XLSX files with shapes.

The important updates end with the improvement of the PPTX import/export filter.

Other LibreOffice 7 features and improvements

There are a few other notable improvements worth mentioning:

  • All modules get a performance boost. That’s translated by faster processing and opening of documents.
  • They removed the Flash export filter as Flash player is getting to its end of life soon.
  • The support for CPython 2.7 ended, and the scripts will be running on CPython 3.

You can study all the new and improved features in the release notes.

Do you use LibreOffice? Tell us your opinion on the free office software in the Comments below.

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