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Now you can run LibreOffice in a browser

More troubles are around for NSA-friendly Microsoft. LibreOffice, one of the fieriest competitors of Microsoft Office is now available on Google Chromebooks (or anything that runs the Chrome browser) and Apple’s iPad.

The app is available via cloud so just like Google Docs or Microsoft Office 365 users don’t have to install any app and it runs directly from the browser.

Italo Vignoli, The Document Foundation, said, “rollApp iPad and Chromebook users don’t download or install the software, as they access LibreOffice inside the browser. rollApp streams an on-demand copy of the office application from its cloud architecture down to the iPad and Chromebooks and allows to work with files (open, save, and edit documents) directly in the cloud storage: Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.

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How can I run LibreOffice on Chromebooks or Chrome browser?
Just vsit the rollApp page and launch the app online.

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

42 Comments

  1. Crazy, I was just thinking about this earlier today – that the lack of LibreOffice was a pretty big achilles heel for Chromebooks. No longer :)

    • Thomas Holbrook II

      Hopefully they’ll come out with a hosted version of LibreOffice that can be installed on any web server.

  2. Thanks for the article, I had never heard of rollApp. Just so you know it works just fine in Firefox too, so it’s not limited to Chrome, Chromebooks and iPads. I tested several apps including Writer, and they worked great in the fox. There is also a rollApp file opener extension for firefox for opening universal files.

  3. Yes it may be free in one sense but . . . as is the case increasingly today, freedom comes with a cost. You have to get a subscription if you don’t want the incessant video ads that come with the “free” version.The cost, for the full use subscritpion is $7.00 a month. Really ? ? ?

    • @richardderoko:disqus Yes. Agree. But just the way ownCloud showed the used of WebODF this could more free software players to focus on cloud based LO. The issue I have is I and not a fan of a cloud run and own by some 3rd party. Still, its nice for those who use it only to compose a text.

  4. Nice idea, too bad it requires access to one of the following: Google, Yahoo, Facebook or Twitter. Also not a fan of video ads.

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