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What is LibreOffice?

Just as Open Office is an alternative to Microsoft Office (and Corel's Office applications, to a lesser extent), Libre Office fulfills the same role to Open Office. Forked from Oracle's Open Office suite, Libre Office is essentially the same, with a few subtle improvements that those who use either may not be able to spot unless they are specifically looking for something. Although Open office still is free (with Oracle offering a commercial, paid version of the software with added features like technical support), Libre Office retains the original Open Office (which was first named StarOffice) philosophy of being open and free; to this end, Libre Office is both free and open-source, with its code base being written and expounded upon by its community.

Libre Office contains the same applications as those of Open Office, and named the same. These are in direct parallel to more familiar Microsoft Office programs, and fulfill basically the same roles; these applications can save files on formats recognized by MS Office as well. Examples of these applications include Libre Office Writer (a word processing software similar to Microsoft Word), Libre Office Calc (a spreadsheet software, analogous to Microsoft Excel) and Libre Office Base (a database creation and management software, which is parallel to Microsoft Access), among others.

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