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LibreOffice 7 Now Available

A new major release of the most popular open source office suite, LibreOffice, is now available for download. The new release includes numerous improvements across the suite. Although most users won't notice anything obvious, there are numerous file compatibility improvements, which should go a long way to make interoperability between LibreOffice and other suites even better.

The first major compatibility improvement is that LibreOffice includes support for ODF 1.3. Along with this update comes digital signatures for documents and OpenPGP-based encryption of XML documents.

MS Office compatibility has been greatly improved with LibreOffice's handling of DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX files. With this new release, DOCX files now save in native 2013/2016/2019 mode (instead of the outdated 2007 compatibility mode). Along those same lines, XLSX sheet names longer than 31 characters are now supported, as well as the exporting of checkboxes in XLSX.

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