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LibreOffice 7.1 Office Suite Enters Beta, Promises a Plethora of Improvements

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After about six months of development, the upcoming LibreOffice 7.1 office suite is now ready for public beta testing. The first beta release has arrived and anyone willing to help the development team discover and fix bugs can download it right now from the official website for Linux, macOS, and Windows platforms.

LibreOffice 7.1 promises a plethora of improvements and some new features, starting with a new outline folding mode for Writer. This adds a button with arrow next to a selected heading in a word document, allowing users to fold all text from the current heading to the next one when clicked and with all its subheadings when right clicked.

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LibreOffice 7.1 Beta 1 for Linux, Windows, and Mac is here

  • LibreOffice 7.1 Beta 1 for Linux, Windows, and Mac is here -- get the FREE open-source Microsoft Office alternative now

    Is LibreOffice better than Microsoft Office? No, and it's not even close. Say what you want about Microsoft, but Office is in a league of its own -- the best productivity software on the market.

    Why would anyone not use Microsoft Office? Well, for one, it costs money -- potentially hundreds of dollars. Secondly, it is not available on all operating systems. Linux users, for instance, simply can't use Microsoft Office (except the web version). Not to mention, Microsoft Office is closed-source software, and some folks only want to use open source options.

    So yeah, that's why people use LibreOffice -- it's free, open-source, and available on most desktop operating systems such as Linux. With all of that said, LibreOffice is actually good software too -- it just isn't as good as Microsoft's offering. And that's OK. We should definitely be thankful that LibreOffice exists.

The LibreOffice team has published the first beta of version 7.1

  • LibreOffice 7.1 beta boasts impressive range of features let down by a lack of polish and poor mobile efforts

    The LibreOffice team has published the first beta of version 7.1, with general availability planned for February 2021.

    LibreOffice now describes itself as "OpenOffice evolution", a poke at rival OpenOffice. It was forked from the same codebase (the roots of both go back to an '80s application called StarWriter, acquired by Sun) but LibreOffice is progressing faster and has more features. It is cross-platform for Windows, Mac and Linux.

    Headline new features begin with an outline folding mode in Writer. This lets you collapse text under any heading so you just see the heading, a handy feature for decluttering a document in progress. The feature is currently experimental, which means it has to be switched on via an "Enable experimental features" option. When we tried it, LibreOffice immediately crashed, but after reopening the new feature worked correctly.

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