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LibreOffice 7.2 Arrives with Improved Microsoft Office Document Support

Posted August 20, 2021 | LibreOffice | Office | Open Source | Windows


The Document Foundation has announced the release of LibreOffice 7.2, the latest version of its free and open-source office productivity suite. Among the changes is a significant number of improvements related to interoperability proprietary Microsoft DOC, and DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX documents.

“LibreOffice 7.2 Community provides a large number of interoperability improvements with Microsoft’s proprietary file formats,” the announcement post reads. “In addition, LibreOffice 7.2 Community offers numerous performance improvements in handling large files, opening certain DOCX and XLSX files, managing font caching, and opening presentations and drawings that contain large images.”

As noted, LibreOffice 7.2 offers “a significant number of improvements to interoperability with legacy DOC files, and [with] DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX documents.” LibreOffice still defaults to OpenDocument format documents, which it described as “a true open standard format.” It also features performance improvements, in particular with using large files, and it is now available natively for Apple Silicon-based Macs.

You can learn more about the new features on YouTube. And you can download LibreOffice 7.2 Community for free from the LibreOffice website.

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