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The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 5.3. Calling it one of the biggest releases so far, Foundation has labeled this release as a big step forward. LibreOffice 5.3 ships with Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI called MUFFIN. You can download the suite for Windows, Linux, and Windows. This release also marks the first source release of LibreOffice Online, whose builds are now available as Docker images.

The Document Foundation’s LibreOffice is one of the most popular open source software suites around. The Foundation has now started the February month in style by releasing LibreOffice 5.3, its most feature-rich release yet.

LibreOffice 5.3 is being called a big step forward in the evolution of the software. The release announcement also mentions that over the period of past 6 years, the project has attracted more than 1,100 new developers.

Now, let’s tell you about the latest release LibreOffice 5.3 and its biggest features —

LibreOffice 5.3 New Features

LibreOffice 5.3 comes loaded with exciting new features in every area. There’s a new text layout engine, a revised Help menu, and better export/import features. Also, it comes with Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI called MUFFIN, which stands for My User Friendly & Flexible INterface.

Talking specifically, Writer now supports Table Styles. It’ll preserve the formatting when you’ll make edits to the tables. There’s a new Page Deck in the sidebar for accessing and customizing page settings.

In Calc, there’s an addition of new default cell styles. Also, a new text entry box allows the user to easily find the functions. On the other hand, Impress now loads with template selector for a quick start. A new Slide Properties is available in the sidebar.

It’s available for download for Windows, Linux, and macOS.

First source release of LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice 5.3 also brings along the first source release of LibreOffice Online. It’s a cloud office with basic collaborative editing. The users need to install this service by adding a cloud storage and an SSL certificate.

The LibreOffice Online source code builds are available as Docker Images.

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