Since Geek of the Week’s inception, we have seen some fierce week to week competition. In fact, it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose a winner for this column. Along with the plethora of cloud news that comes out what seems to be every hour, we receive a handful of daily requests to be chosen for geek of the week – almost all of whom have merit behind their request. This week was no different. With everything that happened in the last seven days, how can we possibly choose one winner? Luckily, 1) we have no choice to pick a winner and 2) we didn’t only choose “one” winner.
Come again? That’s right! This week, we technically did not choose one winner for this week’s column. Without further ado, this week’s Geek of the Week winner is the entire LibreOffice community. As per the LibreOffice website, “LibreOffice is community-driven and developed software, and is a project of the not-for-profit organization, The Document Foundation.”
Earlier this week, we announced that LibreOffice is coming to the cloud. A Software as a Service version of LibreOffice has been under development for close to five years now. As such, it seems to be just about completed and ready for “deployment.” Icewarp and Collabora are two other companies behind the LibreOffice SaaS suite. The cloud version of LibreOffice will provide end users with an alternative to the existing vendors. LibreOffice online is expected to have much of the same functionalities as the desktop version. As it stands right now, Community LibreOffice is being listed as a free service.