There was a time when office suites were a quiet market. Microsoft Office led the market with some minority players stealing tiny portions of the market and Linux users had to settle for the poor performance of OpenOffice. Very different from today's situation where OnlyOffice is committed to artificial intelligence and integration with Zoom to fight for leadership in a competitive market.
Since Google blew up the quasi-monopoly with Docs, its cloud solution, LibreOffice rose from the ashes of OO and commercial alternatives arrived, Life has definitely changed for us Linux users who write texts, make presentations and work with spreadsheets.
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OnlyOffice 7.3 bets on artificial intelligence
There are people who collect stamps, coins or books. I collect office suites. I have one for Windows, one for my main Linux distro, and OnlyOffice is the one that I usually install in the secondary Linux distribution that I am testing at the moment. To this we must add some other that remains installed only the time necessary to test it.
However, even before knowing about its integration with ChatGPT and Zoom version 7.3 of OnlyOffice Docs had gained ownership on a notebook that I just added to my teams.
But let's go in parts.
OnlyOffice Docs is an office suite that includes a text editor, a presentation creator, a spreadsheet program, a pdf reader and converter, and a pdf creator as well as tools for security management. It has community and corporate versions and can be installed as a local application on desktop computers (including versions for Windows, Linux, Mac) and mobile devices (Android and iOS.
The cloud version can run on your own server or integrated into open source platforms such as Nextcloud or Owncloud as well as other proprietary services. On the other hand, the company offers the option of contracting it under the Software-as-Service modality.
ChatGPT and Zoom
At Linux Addicts we have talked enough from ChatGPT and we'll do it again. Undoubtedly, the trend in 2023 will be to integrate services powered by artificial intelligence (whether they make sense or not).) In the case of an office suite like OnlyOffice it makes all the sense in the world.
With the help of ChatGPT it will be easier to translate paragraphs, find quotes, find the right phrase to complete a report or the answer to a difficult question. It can also clarify for us how to interpret an ambiguous text.
Of course, you will have to go through the box since the plugin needs an API key provided by OpenAI, the developer of the project, and access to it requires a payment. There will also be limitations depending on the use of the service.
In the case of Zoom, we do not have to give further explanations, it was the star service during the pandemic for collaborative work and the idea of adding it to an office suite is one of those that makes one wonder why no one else thought of it before. There are two drawbacks; users of the desktop version will have to wait for you to be available and you will have to obtain credentials in the application marketplace. These are all requirements set by Zoom for the integration of the service.
Of course, if you are a home user, these features probably won't appeal to you or seem too complicated to implement, but there are more and more entrepreneurs and SMEs that use it to work and it is good that there are alternatives. In addition, version 7.3 includes other interesting features such as:
- Creation of multiple roles of recipients in forms.
- New fields for forms.
- Advanced protection of documents through password or restriction of actions.
- Various types of SmartArts graphics to incorporate into documents.
- Creation of equations using Unicode and LaTeX syntax.
- Import of local XML files from the spreadsheet.
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