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LibreOffice is available on the iPad and Chromebooks thanks to rollApp

Filed under: LibreOffice — Tags: — italovignoli @ 01:12

Berlin, December 30, 2013 – The Document Foundation is happy to acknowledge that the most recent version of LibreOffice – the best free office suite ever – is available on the iPad and Chromebooks as a cloud application, thanks to rollApp online virtualization technology.

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.

“LibreOffice’s powerful range of document management capabilities plus rollApp’s smart virtualization technology offer our customers and LibreOffice users a new and intelligent way to be more productive on both iPad and Chromebook,” said Vlad Pavlov, rollApp Founder and CEO. “We also want to thank LibreOffice power users for their contribution to helping us to deliver LibreOffice productivity suite on iPad and Chromebook.”

rollApp’s productivity suite debuted in April 2012 by demonstrating how its online virtualization technology can run office applications on the iPad in the cloud. rollApp offers software-on-demand service that delivers existing software to virtually any web-browser-equipped computing or mobile device over broadband/3G/4G/LTE.

About rollApp

rollApp Inc. is a privately held cloud computing technology company with headquarters in Palo Alto, California. rollApp focuses on developing virtualization technology that makes it possible to use a web browser for running desktop applications on any device.


  1. GREAT…!


    Wait a minute…

    Hey, buddies, I have no iPad, I do not use Chrome… :-P

    Gosh, I will continue downloading LibreOffice for my old Winbugs during an eternity to…

    PS/ Thanks to all of you for your valuable work in 2013 and happy new year… :-)

    Comment by DrakoDrakkonis — 2013/12/30 @ 04:05

  2. How about maybe some ‘Next Step’ instructions?

    Comment by Big Dave — 2013/12/30 @ 04:43

  3. Have you heard about FernApp – – this can make any Linux app available over web. You may set up virtual machine with LibreOffice PPA and automatic updates and latest LibreOffice installed on it. Currently rollApp does not have latest version of LibreOffice and they also do not have all languages installed. Also rollApp does not save your configuration even you log in with your own user. There are these ugly Tango buttons and not Oxygen like official LibreOffice is.

    But still I do not understand – why there is no LibreOffice version for Android? Seems like there is already OpenOffice ( I understand about 50 MB limit in Google Play but there are two opportunities – just put Android version for download at as other versions are and secondly: make web installer to upload it to Google Play. When people open it, user can choose in which version of LibreOffice, in which language, probably also for which Android version she/he has and start downloading & installing. When to install directly from then just allow installing app from another source.

    Comment by Edmund Laugasson — 2013/12/30 @ 08:22

    • RollApp people have proactively poked us, while we have never heard from FernApp people (but we are open and inclusive, and we are happy to mention them if they show up). AndrOpenOffice is an independent project, and has nothing to do with Apache OpenOffice (so, it is not OpenOffice, but an ODF editor which is using the OO brand because is still more popular). TDF is working on the Android port, and some recent announcements – CloudOn becoming a member of the Advisory Board and Adam Fyne becoming a TDF board member – are a testimonial of the efforts (which are not trivial, though).

      Comment by italovignoli — 2013/12/30 @ 17:20

    • AndrOpenOffice isn’t an Android port: it’s AOO 3.4.0 for linux emulated over Xorg 7.7, which runs natively on Android.
      It’s a weird implementation, slow and somehow unstable.
      The software is developed by an independent developer and the source code isn’t anywhere (because ALv2 license allows proprietary derivatives) so AndrOpenOffice is a proprietary office suite.

      It seems TDF is working on a native (really native) version, that means porting over 10 millions lines of code to a new operating system: it’s a huge effort :)

      Comment by Leon — 2013/12/30 @ 22:04

  4. So when’s it going to be released for Android?

    Comment by gordonbp — 2013/12/30 @ 11:10

  5. Nul, je n’arrive pas à le télécharger

    Comment by anonyme — 2014/01/05 @ 19:35

  6. Bonjour ,

    Je cherche en vain une personne qui peut m’aider à améliorer un programme déjà réalisé avec OPEN OFFICE 4.0.1 sur 2 feuilles

    Il faut prolonger ce programme non terminé sur les 3 & 4 éme feuille

    Les explications & fichiers sont ici :

    PS sinon pouvez m’orienter vers d’autres personnes ou sites

    C’est URGENT svp , du aux retards dans mes recherches qui s’accumulent depuis ……..

    Merci pour votre attention et votre aide

    J’ai 56 ans ,séparé, à la recherche d’un emploi

    En échange je donne ( chéques cadeaux , maillot PSG Ibrahimovic, réveil Harley Davidson………NEUFS)

    Si vous voulez me joindre :

    Comment by Patrick — 2014/01/07 @ 09:46

  7. Hm… on the bright side it seems to work though I have issues personally with having to use a Google, Twitter or Facebook account to log in. But even worse, which I can change the user interface language, it only offers two – English (US) and Russian. Out of the 100 or so languages LO is available in, that is a really sad state of affairs. I really don’t think that having an online office suite to rival Google Docs or SkyDrive should come at the expense of the hard work the localizers have put into the localizations which, in no small part, have helped make LO successful.
    I mean, not even the big languages like German or French are on offer…

    Comment by Akerbeltz — 2014/01/08 @ 23:58

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