A comprehensive solution for day-to-day office needs, with efficient and open-source code.
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Pro Comprehensive suite of applications
LibreOffice includes applications for word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and database management.
Pro Free and open source
LibreOffice is available for free with code available here. It's licensed under LGPL v3 with new contributions dual-licensed under MPL.
All major operating systems are supported, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and GNU/Linux (Arch, Fedora, Mandriva, Debian, Ubuntu, Suse).
It is available in more than 110 languages.
Pro High compatibility with MS Office
Possible to use in corporations.
Pro Portable version
LibreOffice offers a version of the suite that does not require installation. It can be kept on a thumb stick to ensure that you have an office suite on whichever machine you choose to use.
Pro Font embedding support
Font embedding ensures that the document will display correctly whether or not the target machine has that specific font installed.
Pro LibreOffice can take from OpenOffice, but not the other way around
Due to licensing each office suite uses, only a one-way transfer of code is possible, offering more long-term potential for LibreOffice over OpenOffice.
Pro Presentations can have 3D models embeded within them
Impress supports 3D models in gITF format.
Pro Ribbon design
Since 5.3, LibreOffice offers a Ribbon design view (similar to Microsoft Office). http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/02/how-to-enable-libreoffice-ribbon-notebook-bar
Pro Encryption support
LibreOffice allows encrypting and password-locking files.
Pro The de-facto standard
Being able to tell new people that the FOSS community has an actual default office suite matters. It shows that, despite the bewildering number of options, there can be a clear winner.
Pro The most user-friendly option
To attract new people to FOSS, having an office suite that is as user-friendly as LibreOffice is a must.
Pro Lots of extensions and dictionaries
Has many extensions that can add aditional features to libre office
Pro Multiple themes
Many icon themes available to customise the look and get consistent look with the OS.
Con No good video editing for presentations
Con Libreoffice base requires Java
If you need to use Base, it requires Java.
Con Track Changes needs to be improved
Collaborating on a single document is difficult. Track Changes makes the document hard to read as both edited and deleted text is displayed, it's not possible to print comments, tracked differences between document versions are sub-optimal and there's no system for accepting/rejecting changes.
Con Not fully compatible to MSOffice
Its not fully compatible to MSOffice and often breaks documents.
Con Documentation is out of date
Good luck turning off autocorrect, because the place that the documentation says that option is doesn't exist.
Con Looks old
Con Wont work with themes
It does not work with custom themes due all the different wrappers involved.
Con Ribbon is experimental
Con Does not run as stable as onlyoffice
It runs fine until it crashes. Users have experienced multiple crashes when using the cursor to select text in writer, running in Kubuntu 18.04.
Con Master slide management in impress not upto mark
As of version 6, the master slide management is not as good as powerpoint in windows
Con Poor desktop integration
since it is written in java it does not integrate nicely with the operation systems theme, icons or dialogs.
Con Needs a lot of system resources
It a bit fat office package that needs a lot of drive space and system memory.
Con No ability to access online brokerage accounts for trading.
No ability to access trading and brokerage accounts via Calc to conduct automatic buying/selling like you can in M$ Excel.