LibreOffice continues to be the best alternative to Microsoft Office, and while The Document Foundation releases massive improvements periodically, the development team is already working on its new major version, LibreOffice 7, which has a release date next summer.
This week, TDF launched the First Alpha version of LibreOffice 7 for Windows, Linux and Mac, just as expected.
This first version of LibreOffice 7 comes just as the organization is planning its first season of bug “hunting”. This will allow power users and enthusiasts to test the office suite and share any bugs with the responsible team, helping them polish the app from this early stage of development.
If all goes well, LibreOffice 7.0 will be released in August with massive improvements for each of the apps that make up the suite.
Although, the details of this release can be found in the wiki, one of the most significant improvements is the import and export of DOCX files, which is a major step for compatibility with Microsoft Office.
"DOCX now saves in 2013/2016/2019 native mode instead of 2007 compatibility mode. This will benefit Word users, but it also means that Word 2010 users will lose a bit, so we encourage users to Word 2010 update to LibreOffice 7.0.”I mention TDF in the notes.
The new LibreOffice also comes with an improved interface, as the development team added a new icon theme called Sukapura which will be the default theme on MacOS and will refresh the user's view.