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LibreOffice 5.0 Gets Its Fifth Point Release, Ready for Large-Scale Deployment

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After having the pleasure to inform the world about the release of the massive LibreOffice 5.1 office suite last week, The Document Foundation non-profit organization today, February 15, 2016, announced the general availability of LibreOffice 5.0.5.

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