LibreOffice 4.2: focusing on performance and interoperability,
and improving the integration with Microsoft Windows
Berlin, January 30, 2014 - The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice
4.2, a new major release targeted to early adopters and another
significant step forward for the best free office suite ever.
LibreOffice 4.2 features a large number of performance and
interoperability improvements targeted to users of all kinds, but
particularly appealing for power and enterprise users. In addition, it
is better integrated with Microsoft Windows.
Calc has gone through the largest code refactoring ever, giving major
performance wins for big data (especially when calculating cell values,
and importing large and complex XLSX spreadsheets), while an optional
new formula interpreter enables massively parallel calculation of
formula cells using the GPU via OpenCL. The latter works best with a
Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) such as the new AMD Kaveri APU.
Round-trip interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, particularly for DOCX,
as well as legacy RTF, has also improved considerably. Also, new import
filters for Abiword documents and Apple Keynote presentations have been
LibreOffice 4.2 offers two Windows specific improvements for business
users: a simplified custom install dialog to avoid potential mistakes,
and the ability to centrally manage and lock-down the configuration with
Group Policy Objects via Active Directory. All users benefit from better
integration with Windows 7 and 8, with thumbnails of open documents now
grouped by application and a list of recent documents, both showing on
the task bar.
Power users on all platforms will like the flexibility of the Expert
Configuration window, which has been added to the Advanced Options tab.
This feature can be easily turned off, for large deployments and basic
LibreOffice 4.2 offers a new Start screen, with a cleaner layout that
makes better use of the available space - even on small screens - and
shows a preview of the last documents.
On the mobile side, LibreOffice now supports an Impress Remote Control
for iOS - in addition to the already available Impress Remote Control
for Android - which allows visual management of presentation delivery on
the laptop using the screen of an iPhone or iPad. The app is currently
waiting for review from Apple, and will be announced as soon as it is
available on iTunes Store.
LibreOffice 4.2 is the first open source suite to ship a new Windows
(IAccessible2 based) accessibility feature developed by IBM. This is
considered experimental for this release, but will replace legacy Java
based accessibility in the next major release.
The LibreOffice User Interface continues to undergo significant cleanup
with 70% of our dialogs now refreshed and many distributed UI tweaks.
This release also includes a beautiful new "flat" icon theme - Sifr -
and an updated set of default document styles.
All new and improved features of LibreOffice 4.2, including those not
listed here, are summarized in this webpage:
Meet the community
In early February, the LibreOffice community will gather at FOSDEM 2014
in Brussels, where developers will present at the Open Document Editors
DevRoom the latest and greatest technologies integrated by LibreOffice,
and other volunteers will meet free software advocates at the
In early March, The Document Foundation will exhibit at CeBIT in
Hannover to showcase LibreOffice 4.2: Hall 6, Booth H14.
LibreOffice 4.2 is immediately available for download from the following
link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. Extensions for LibreOffice
are available from the following link:
Support The Document Foundation
LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can
support The Document Foundation with a donation at
http://donate.libreoffice.org. Money collected will be used to grow the
infrastructure, and support marketing activities to increase the
awareness of the project, both at global and local level.
Thanks to the efforts of several native language projects and
volunteers, this press release is also available in Arabic, Czech,
Dutch, French, Galician, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian
Portuguese, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish and Turkish from this page:
http://blog.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice-4-2/. We will add other
languages in the future.
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