Apache OpenOffice Lagging Behind LibreOffice in Features

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 26, 2012

Michael Meeks today posted the results of his side-by-side comparison of OpenOffice.org derivatives. The release of Apache OpenOffice 3.4 is right around the corner, so Meeks thought "it might help clarify the current situation to have a side-by-side summary of what is in each suite."

Noting the important dates of June 1, 2011, which was when Oracle donated OOo to Apache; and Apache OpenOffice 3.4 is due probably sometime in May 2012; Meeks compared Apache OpenOffice 3.4 new features to popular new features from LibreOffice: 3.3, 3.4, 3.5. It wasn't surprising to find that LibreOffice has merged many features not found in Apache OO given their nearly year long head start.

When consulting Meek's chart, one can barely find a feature of Apache's office that is not implemented in LibreOffice. There is a list of drawing improvements such as shear transformations, line cap endings, and Asian language word count in upcoming Apache OO 3.4.  But LibreOffice boasts many more new features all over the suite:

See Meek's post for more details.