Ariel Costas

LibreOffice 7.2 continues adapting to garbagesoft's proprietary formats

By Ariel Costas - August 19, 2021

LibreOffice 7.2 Community has been released, and according to their announcement, over 60% of the code commits are focused on “interoperability with Microsoft’s proprietary file formats”.

This means, Microsoft makes their proprietary formats, uses monopolistic techniques (like gifting copies to schools to get children to use Office), and get most of the people to use their programs, converting their format on the de-facto standard.

Closed formats are unjust, because they usually require you to run proprietary software (most times malware, like Microsoft Office), create vendor lock-in and can be broken by the proprietor at any time to break compatibility with Free programs.

Stop using .docx, .xlsx and .pptx. Instead use OpenDocument, a free format for documents which is ISO-standarized, supported by many programs like LibreOffice, OpenOffice and others, including proprietary Google “Cloud” and Microsoft Office.