LibreOffice 7 enters development phase, with support for Vulkan and Skia

LibreOffice 7.0

The Document Foundation offers us several versions of its office suite. Currently, the most up-to-date version is v6.3.4, but still recommends v6.2.8 for production teams. They also offer a beta version, but what interests us today and the news that motivates this article is that the company is already developing LibreOffice 7.0, a very important update that will see the light after v6.4 that will arrive in the next few days.

Just like read On its Wiki, LibreOffice 6.4 will arrive with new features such as improvements in the user interface, improved performance in Calc, a QR generator, support for faster compilation, removal of the GTK2 VCL plugin and improvements in the import / export filter, among others. Initially, the next version should have been LibreOffice 6.5, but now it's known who have decided to make the leap to LibreOffice 7, something that right now is not clear if it is because it is better (marketing) or because they believe that includes enough major changes as for renumbering.

LibreOffice 7.0 is coming sometime in 2020

It is known that the next version of LibreOffice will arrive with the new Skia code replacing Cairo. This is a major internal change and probably the one responsible for the version jump. In addition, support for Vulkan will be included. Adding these two new features and others visible and invisible, The Document Foundation has decided that LibreOffice 6.5 will not be released when scheduled. In fact, it will never be released.

The exact release date of LibreOffice 7.0 has not been published, but considering the frequency of updates, it is known that will arrive sometime in 2020. When it is available and as usual, The Document Foundation will not recommend the new version on production machines until it receives at least 4-5 maintenance updates, which will coincide with v7.0.4-5 of the office suite.


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