Berlin, September 19, 2022 – The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the
release of LibreOffice on Apple’s Mac App Store, to support end users
who want to get all of their desktop software from Apple’s proprietary
sales channel. So far, LibreOffice on the Mac App Store was released by
Collabora. TDF will charge a convenience fee of €8.99, which will be
invested to support development of the LibreOffice project.
TDF releasing on the Mac App Store is an evolution over the previous
situation, which reflects the project's new marketing strategy: The
Document Foundation is focused on the release of the Community version,
while ecosystem companies are focused on a value-added long-term
supported versions targeted at enterprises. The distinction has the
objective of educating organizations to support the FOSS project by
choosing the LibreOffice version which has been optimized for
deployments in production and is backed by professional services, and
not the Community version generously supported by volunteers.
"We are grateful to Collabora for having supported LibreOffice on
Apple's Mac App Stores for quite a long time", said Italo Vignoli,
LibreOffice Marketing. The objective is to fulfill the needs of
individual and enterprise users in a better way, although we know that
the positive effects of the change will not be visible for some time.
Educating enterprises about FOSS is not a trivial task and we have just
started our journey in this direction".
The Document Foundation will continue to provide LibreOffice for macOS
for free from the LibreOffice website, which is the recommended source
for all users.
LibreOffice packaged for the Mac App Store is based on the same source
code, but does not include Java – because external dependencies are not
allowed on the store – and therefore limits the functionalities of
LibreOffice Base. The software is also supported by volunteers who
donate their time to help users.
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