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23 March 2012, 13:07

LibreOffice Cloud not coming next month

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The Document Foundation The HTML5-based cloud version of LibreOffice is not coming next month, regardless of reports that it was due to go online in April. The Document Foundation's Italo Vignoli has issued an "errata" concerning the comments which led to the reports that notes that the previously announced release timeframe for LibreOffice OnLine has not changed and is still "sometime in 2013". What Vignoli did announce was that a roadmap for the development would be produced in "late April or early May".

LibreOffice OnLine is a version of LibreOffice that uses the Broadway GTK+ backend to render the user interface onto an HTML5 canvas in a browser; the Broadway backend is still listed as experimental by its developers.

Vignoli also took the opportunity to correct the impression given in the reports that the Android port of LibreOffice was nearing completion, pointing out that the porting of the office suite's code was at around 80% complete – that refers to the process of getting existing code to compile on the platform. The writing of the code needed to put a touch-oriented user interface "which is – by itself – a huge development effort" is still below 50% complete. The Document Foundation will not, because of this, be "making ANY announcement" about tablet versions of LibreOffice before 2013 and there will not be any roadmap published before that time.


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