Computer Chipset manufacturer Intel has finally teamed up with the ever growing Open Source Community “The Document Foundation” to promote popular office suite LibreOffice. As a part of the promotion, Intel has made LibreOffice available through it’s AppUp store which is basically an online repository specially designed for Intel processor-based Ultrabook laptops.
Even though LibreOffice initiative originated from Linux platform but currently it is available for most of the popular Operating Systems like Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and other distributions of Linux as well. It is also one of the most popular free and open source office package software that can be used as Microsoft Office alternative since it supports most of the MS Office documents file format. LibreOffice is available in well over 100 different language (114 to be more specific).
Intel has become a member of the The Document Foundation (TDF) Advisory Board which will provide advice as well as funding for the LibreOffice project.
“It’s great to see Intel providing LibreOffice through an exciting new channel so that more and more users can experience LibreOffice on Windows, with access to our world class support, that can make organizations more productive while saving costs. …we welcome Intel to The Document Foundation, and look forward to working with them,” said Dr. Gerald Pfeifer, senior director of product management at SUSE.
On the other hand Intel’s open source community leader, Dawn Foster said, “I have been using LibreOffice from day one for presentations at conferences and for data analysis,…our engineers have worked with the LibreOffice codebase to optimise it for Intel hardware. Adding it to the AppUpSM Center is an obvious extension, and will provide an exciting feature for all Ultrabook users.”
Interesting enough, Intel has partnered with The Document Foundation right after it has officially incorporated in the state of Berlin, Germany. TDF has recently confirmed this news through their recent blog post.