LibreOfficeby SchoolForge updated January 30, 2012
LibreOffice is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project.

Software Details

LibreOffice is a multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute.

  • Writer – a word processor you can use for anything from writing a quick letter to producing an entire book.
  • Calc – a powerful spreadsheet with all the tools you need to calculate, analyse, and present your data in numerical reports or sizzling graphics.
  • Impress – the fastest, most powerful way to create effective multimedia presentations.
  • Draw – lets you produce everything from simple diagrams to dynamic 3D illustrations.
  • Base – lets you manipulate databases seamlessly. Create and modify tables, forms, queries, and reports.
  • Math – lets you create mathematical equations with a graphic user interface or by directly typing your formulas into the equation editor.


Operating systems: Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac OSX
Platforms: 32 and 64 bit
Dependencies: Java (JRE)


LibreOffice review by a teacher
Average: 5 (1 vote)

LibreOffice is a great Free, Open Source software that's a great alternative to Powerpoint or Microsoft Word. It installs on Windows, MAC and Linux so whatever your operating system it will work without having to make any OS changes.
I've advised students that don't have Word or Powerpoint to download LibreOffice as an alternative. The programs are intuitive and have the basic functions that you would have in Word or Powerpoint. It is a great F/OSS alternative so that students don't have to pay for Microsoft Office products.

Low-hanging Fruit of FOSS
Average: 5 (1 vote)

LibreOffice is a no brainer for adoption. It's not sexy, but very capably does what you need for word processing, spreadsheets, and slideshows. It imports .doc/.xls/.ppt with very good accuracy, and .docx/.xlsx/.pptx with decent accuracy - however, you're better off using ODF files and saving as PDFs (which it does in one click) for the times you need perfect formatting to share with MS Office users.

I have been advocating this software since it was forked from OpenOffice in 2010, and have had many, many students (college level) adopt it based on my use in classes.

LibreOffice Impress
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Much like it’s PowerPoint counter part, Impress has presentation tools and features that allow the user to make presentations interesting and meaningful. Very big plus is that you can import PowerPoint files and work with them in Impress. Although transitions between slides may not transfer over it is not a big issue. You can add them under the “Slide Show” tab. Adding media content is a snap, just go to the “Insert” tab. Target audience or user is Grades 3 and up. I did a winter learning camp at an elementary school and had mixed grades of third and fourth graders using PowerPoint as the presentation software to convey their science projects. Impress would be a great alternative to let them work on their presentations and projects at home or other than school time because LibreOffice is free to use and distribute.

Libre Office - best kept secret
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I've been using Microsoft Word since 1991. I'm not expert in Microsoft and I've never paid that much attention to the details of the computer application industry, but I'm a dedicated user and know what I like. I've been introduced to LIbreOffice in a Educational Technology course through University of Hawaii, College of Education. I really like this program because of its similarities to the word processing program I've always used, but there's more - it's free! It's free to download to as many computers as you want. It's licensed under the GNU Lessor General Public License so it's free to copy and distribute. That means I can have the same, newly updated version on my computers at work, my computers at home, my kid's computers and anywhere else I find it useful. I don't have to pay for licensing fees that come with restrictions on numbers of computers - always a hassle because we have about 5 or more computers at home. I've installed LibreOffice on my computer and my kid's computers and so far everyone is really happy with this functional alternative. My kids can use it instead of Google Docs and the Impress application is terrific for school presentations. Good stuff, but as I spread the word, I have not found anyone who has ever heard of it before - even people working in higher education in technology. That's when you realize that 20 plus of years of a being in the market and having a strong marketing campaign like that of Microsoft really do make a difference.