The latest release of Microsoft Office alternative LibreOffice, version 3.3.3, is ready for download, with a raft of improvements across all platforms.
Created as a response to what was seen by many in the development community as overbearing and draconian control of the OpenOffice.org project by Oracle, LibreOffice offers a feature-rich free suite of productivity tools for Linux, Windows, and Mac platforms.
While the original release was little more than a rebranded fork of the OpenOffice.org code base, work has progressed apace and LibreOffice stands aside from its parent project with additional features and a significantly cleaner code base.
"LibreOffice 3.3.3 fixes several bugs and improves the security of the suite, to specifically address the needs of corporate deployments where stability is more important than new features," claimed LibreOffice developer and Steering Committee member Thorsten Behrens. "This branch will be maintained until the end of the year, to allow a smooth and safe transition to LibreOffice 3.4.x," he concluded, referring to the next major release of the software.
Both a stable 3.3.3 version and a 3.4 beta for the more adventurous are available for immediate download from the LibreOffice.org website.