Introducing the emerging office suite, OnlyOffice Desktop Editor

Office Newbie

Article from Issue 198/2017
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The OnlyOffice Desktop Editor is a free office suite built for collaboration.

The Linux environment is home to several practical and high-functioning office suites. Many mainstream distros come with LibreOffice pre-installed, but other alternatives, such as SoftMaker Office [1], WPS Office [2], Apache OpenOffice  [3], and the Calligra suite [4] also compete for Linux mindshare.

The Linux version of OnlyOffice Desktop Editor (formerly Teamlab Office) [5] is a recent arrival to the Linux scene. OnlyOffice is developed by a proprietary company, but a free and open source version of the suite is available and licensed under the GPL.

Like other leading office suites, OnlyOffice comes with a word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation tool. The focus is on collaborative work in a professional setting, but OnlyOffice also works well on a single workstation. Is OnlyOffice better than what you're using now? It depends on your taste and preferences, but the OnlyOffice suite does offer some interesting innovations, such as a free community server for interactive access in a local cloud environment.

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