LibreOffice is a great low investment option for the vast majority of users.
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May 21, 2019

LibreOffice is a great low investment option for the vast majority of users.

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Overall Satisfaction with LibreOffice

We use LibreOffice through out the entire organization. It's mostly used for spreadsheets, data tracking, exporting and importing inventory via user-created .csv files and it's occasionally used for word processing and making signs in the retail store. The vast majority of users do very well with the minor differences from office, and not having to use the official licensing is a huge plus, especially when you have a front end that opens a document to merge with other data.
  • Basic spreadsheet functionality
  • Word processing
  • Creating CSVs for importing
  • Some Excel created spreadsheets have formatting issues.
  • Some of the more advanced Excel functions take some extra effort to achieve.
  • ROI is much better
  • Ease of deployment
  • Ease of maintenance
  • The only really negative is that sometimes when a user receives a file from an MS Office user there is formatting work to be done.
I used to use Open Office prior to 2010, and we have some Office365 machines. LibreOffice is the clear winner almost every time due to the cost and licensing issues with Office 365 aside from the small number of cases where we need to use MS Excel for ease of compatibility with people outside the organization.
Anyone who needs word processing and basic spreadsheet functionality is much better off with LibreOffice. If you need to create docs that are importable into a database like SQL, Tomcat, etc. there's no issue. If you are tired of the licensing with office 365, this is a great choice. Some areas where it might be less appropriate are with personnel that have used MS Office for a very long time and have difficulty with making that switch, or when you are collaborating with people using MS Office and working with some of the more advanced Excel features.