|The Libre Office Logo|
Libre Office is a fork of the well-respected Sun [Now, Oracle] Open Source -- i.e. free for download -- office productivity software, Open Office. I have come to use this as my main office productivity package, retaining an old MS Office suite as a means of compatibility. We should note, that the open document format used by OO is an ISO standard, and is solid. OO family products will open MS Office products and will work in and save to that format also. Indeed, I have found cases where OO is more compatible across MS Office files than various versions of MS Office, especially if one has to bridge Macs and PCs.
|A cradled tablet, in a folder with a keyboard|
The Document Foundation proudly announced a few days ago, at the LibreOffice Conference 2011 event in Paris, that LibreOffice will be ported to the iOS and Android operating systems.
As LibreOffice is an open source project, it can be easily ported to other operating systems were Java is supported, such as Android and Apple's iOS, making LibreOffice on iPads and Android tables.
The Document Foundation announced that a web-based demo, called LibreOffice Online Prototype, will also be available soon. It is based on HTML5′s canvas and the GTK+ framework.
The first public releases of LibreOffice for Web, iOS and Android will be available sometimes in late 2012 or early 2013.
OTPS-- one tablet per student!