LibreOffice ported to iOS, Android, web browsers

LibreOffice, the open-source spin-off of productivity suite OpenOffice produced by The Document Foundation, is to become available in versions for Apple iOS and Android smartphones, as well as a cloud-based version for web browsers.

The 2011 LibreOffice Conference, running from 12th to 15th October, included key announcements on a LibreOffice port to Android and iOS by a Finnish SUSE Linux developer previously responsible for porting open-source image editing program GIMP to Windows. The new version will enable iPad and Android tablet users to take advantage of the free office tools suite.

LibreOffice Online, a new version of the suite for HTML 5 web browser, was also announced by software developer Michael Meeks - in a move that could take on Microsoft's Office 365 online productivity suite. The web-based version of OpenOffice renders the GTK + 3.2 interface in web browsers using the HTML5 Canvas and a number of other new web standards. You can see a video demo here.

The new versions showcased at the 2011 LibreOffice Conference are currently under development, and won't be ready for final release until late 2012 or early 2013. More details at The Document Foundation blog.