Online Version of LibreOffice Available End of 2012 or Beginning of 2013

The Document Foundation has announced it is developing an online version of LibreOffice, an open source productivity platform.

In a recent conference in Paris, the Document Foundation revealed that LibreOffice will soon be available online. The platform, developed as an offshoot of OpenOffice, comes as a default application in the open source Ubuntu platform.

The organisation said that openSUSE's Michael Meeks is developing a prototype for the online version of LibreOffice based on the GTK+ framework with HTML5 and canvas support. The Document Foundation plans to release the online version sometime during late 2012 or early 2013.

A new project for porting LibreOffice to Android and iOS-based smartphones was also revealed during the conference. The project, undertaken by developer Tor Lillqvist, will offer a mobile oriented, touch screen supporting user interface.

“LibreOffice port project to Android and iOS, based on the voluntary work of Tor Lillqvist, a SUSE finnish developer known for having ported GIMP to Windows,” said the Document Foundation.

“The LibreOffice Android and iOS port has the objective of bringing the office suite to iPads and Android tablets, and eventually smaller devices. The user interface work has yet to start in earnest but the bulk of the code is compiling,” it added.