Intel signs up for LibreOffice

Semiconductor behemoth Intel seems to be slapping its former partner Microsoft with a wet kipper by offering LibreOffice on its app store.

LibreOffice is an open source office package which provides more or less the same functionality than Ballmer’s cash cow Office product at no cost at all.

LibreOffice is an OpenOffice fork and has great support from Linux distributors, like openSUSE and Ubuntu.

But the package has never had a major corporate backer on the Windows side and now it seems that Intel, of all people has stepped up to the plate.

According to The Document Foundation (TDF) bog, the newly incorporated group behind LibreOffice, Intel is offering LibreOffice to Windows users via its AppUp application store.

LibreOffice for Windows from SuSE is available in Intel AppUp Center as a special, five-language version featuring English, German, French, Spanish and Italian. As a validated Intel AppUp Center app, LibreOffice for Windows from SuSE features a new, smooth, silent installation flow and improved un-installation cleanup. This version of LibreOffice for Windows is now available from the Intel AppUp store, the outfit said.

LibreOffice has been running on Windows since day one, but the fact that its best partner Intel is now actively supporting Microsoft Office’s most active rival on the desktop must be causing ructions in Redmond.

While many see Google Docs as Office’s biggest enemy, and it might be on the cloud, but on the PC desktop, LibreOffice is Microsoft’s Office main competition.

To make matters worse, it seems that Intel is helping to improving the LibreOffice code base. In a statement, Dawn Foster, open source community lead, at Intel said she had been using LibreOffice from day one for presentations at conferences and for data analysis.

Intel engineers have worked with the LibreOffice codebase to optimize it for Intel hardware, she said. Chipzilla has signed up to the The Document Foundation. That means Intel is also financially supporting this rival to Microsoft Office.

This is not the first time Microsoft has taken a dagger in the back from one of its partners over Office. SUSE, a Linux company, with long-time ties to Microsoft, was one of the driving forces in bringing Windows version of LibreOffice.