Future LibreOffice developments shown
The Document Foundation announced a number of "advanced development projects" at the LibreOffice conference today, including an online protoype and work on Android and iOS versions. The LibreOffice Online Prototype makes use of the recently announced GTK 3.2 toolkit's experimental HTML5 support. The LibreOffice code has been recompiled by SUSE's Michael Meeks, to make use of that experimental support, and the result is a version of the office suite which can be operated remotely from a modern browser. A WebM video of the prototype working is available.
Finnish SUSE developer Tor Lillqvist has been working on a port of LibreOffice to Android and iOS devices, initially targetting the iPad and Android tablets, with an eventual aim to make a port for smart phones. According to the Document Foundation, Lillqvist's user interface work "has yet to start in earnest", but it adds that "the bulk of the code is compiling", presumably referring to the non-user interface code in LibreOffice. The challenge will be to move the software to a touch-oriented environment, but Lillqvist is used to challenges, having previously ported GIMP to Windows.
The Document Foundation says these projects are not products, but adds that it expects them to become products by late 2012 or early 2013.