Tech-company A-EON Technology is porting Libreoffice to AmigaOS 4.1 and AmigaOne computers. This could mean a big step forward for making the next generation AmigaOS more attractive and could boost AmigaOne sales. Office suites are necessary for every computer platform or nobody will take it serious. But what is Libreoffice and can it compete with the expensive Microsoft Office 365? For a long time, Microsoft Office has been the reigning champ of office suites, but that doesn’t mean the free alternative, LibreOffice for AmigaOS 4.1, isn’t worth considering. You might not think it’s really fair to compare the free LibreOffice and the paid Microsoft Office, but the two are a lot closer in features than you might think. it’s not about which one is “better” or “more feature filled.” It’s about whether your work requires what Microsoft has to offer, or if you can get by with something free and save money. When it comes to word processors, LibreOffice Writer and Microsoft Word are easily two of the best out there. If you’ve used Microsoft Word before, then you’ll be right at home with Writer and vice-versa. In fact, in many ways, Writer even blows Word out of the water. Writer has all the major features of Word, including a fantastic grammar checker, a solid autosave system, support for a huge variety of formats, and plenty more. If you’re a Word user, you’ll have no problem making the jump to Writer because the two operate and look the same. Likewise, if this is your first Office suite, then Writer is easy to learn and use.
Spreadsheets are a major part of an office suite and Microsoft Excel has long been the king. Depending on how you use spreadsheets, LibreOffice’s Calc may very well be enough for you! Both can do basic calculations, handle light math, and organize tables in a variety of ways. However, if you use a lot of Excel macros and programming, then you’re going to struggle with Calc. The reason is that Calc has its own macro language and it’s not always compatible with Excel’s VBA format. This means if you’re trying to switch over to Calc from Excel, you may need to redo a lot of your macros. The word PowerPoint has been synonymous with presentations for a long while, and with good reason: it’s a powerful piece of software and does presentations better than most. LibreOffice’s presentation software, Impress, however is good a good match and is capable of having the results. The last big piece of software included in both suites is the database management systems. Microsoft Access has long been a the default app for database management, but LibreOffice’s Base is a pretty worthy competitor. Interface-wise, they’re both very similar to use. As with most programs in LibreOffice, you can tell they’re modeled after their Microsoft equivalents, and Base is no different. If you’ve used Access before, you’ll be able to jump into Base right away. A-EON Technology has made a very good discussion in porting Libreoffice to AmigaOS 4.1 for AmigaOne computers, it will benefit the platform greatly and gives the Amiga scene a more serious face. Release is TBA.