Confronto delle funzionalità: LibreOffice - Microsoft Office

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Introduzione

Questa pagina confronta le caratteristiche di LibreOffice 6.4 (data di rilascio prevista: Feb 2, 2020)

(scarica) e Microsoft Office 2019 / 365. Separa le differenze tra le funzionalità principali e secondarie e include anche note sulle estensioni di LibreOffice. Il confronto evidenzia le differenze e pertanto non mostra alcuna funzionalità presenti in entrambe le suite per ufficio.

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La tabella di confronto delle funzionalità viene continuamente aggiornata ed è in corso di elaborazione.
È una raccolta da parte degli utenti e non un documento ufficiale della Document Foundation.
Non esitate a migliorare questa pagina. L'ultimo aggiornamento di questa tabella è stato effettuato all'indirizzo 3.07.2020

Suite per ufficio generale: LibreOffice contro Microsoft Office

Principali differenze di funzionalità LibreOffice 6.4 MS Office 2019 / 365
Disponibilità in multipiattaforma (desktop) Si. Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, e Haiku. (basato sul medesimo codice base). Parziale. Windows e macOS. Le versioni di Windows e macOS presentano alcuni problemi di compatibilità del formato del documento, serie di funzionalità leggermente diverse e differenze nell'interfaccia utente; La versione macOS non include l'applicazione di database MS Access, non include MS Publisher e manca anche una serie di altre funzionalità (vedi sotto).

Incoerenze/differenze nelle versioni di Windows, tra la versione di vendita "MS Office 2019" e la versione a noleggio "Office 365": alcune funzionalità vengono successivamente incluse solo nella versione di noleggio (le nuove funzionalità aggiunte differiscono anche tra macOS e MS Windows) portando a incongruenze nella serie di funzionalità (vedi sotto).

Versioni supportate di MS Windows Si. Windows 7 SP1, 8, 8.1, 10, Server 2008, Server 2012, Server 2016. ([1]). Le versioni fino a LibreOffice 5.4 supportano ancora Windows XP SP3, Vista. Si. Versione in vendita di MS Office 2019: Windows 10; Server 2019. Versione a noleggio di MS Office 365: Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2016 ([2]).
Versioni supportate di macOS Si. 10.10+ (Yosemite). ([3]). Si. Le tre versioni più recenti. ([4])
Versione portatile che funziona su chiavetta USB (senza installazione) Si (scarica) No
Open Source Si, sotto licenza MPLv2 e altre. No, proprietario e sorgente non disponibile.
Integrazione completa di tutti i componenti di Office Si. Dall'interno di ciascun componente dell'ufficio, è possibile aprire e creare nuovi file di tutti gli altri componenti. Centrale StartCenter con accesso ai moduli di Office, file e modelli utilizzati di recente. No
Disponibilità gratuita Si (scarica, donazione) No, software proprietario da acquistare o noleggiare. Al termine dell'abbonamento per la versione noleggiata, le applicazioni entrano in modalità di sola lettura (visualizza o stampa) e non è possibile creare nuovi documenti. La versione di acquisto è una licenza perpetua. Versione di prova di un mese disponibile per la versione a noleggio (ma non per la versione di acquisto una tantum).
Disponibilità dell'estensione Si. Ecosistema complesso di estensioni (oltre 390 su extensions.libreoffice.org e oltre 800 su extensions.openoffice. org), inclusi gli aggiornamenti automatici. Parziale. In parte, nessun sistema di estensione centralizzato per componenti aggiuntivi e macro. Microsoft AppSource per Office 365. [5] App di Office non supportate su macOS.
Localizzazione Si. 116 lingue (lista dettagliata delle lingue supportate da LibreOffice) Parziale. 91 lingue nella versione di Windows, 27 lingue nella versione per macOS (lingua di visualizzazione per (alcune) applicazioni per office)[6], [7], [8]
Supporto di Destra a sinistra⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg (RTL) lingue (ad esempio Arabo) e altre scritture complesse Si. Supporto completo, basato sulla libreria HarfBuzz⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg Si. Supportato su Windows, versioni mobili e online e macOS.
Supporti di scrittura aggiuntivi Si. Supporto esteso (dizionari per il controllo ortografico, schemi di sillabazione, thesaurus e controllo grammaticale, dizionari specializzati come estensioni ([9], [https: //extensions.libreoffice. org / extensions? getCategories = Lingua% 20Tools & getCompatibility = any]). Elenco dettagliato degli strumenti di scrittura di LibreOffice per oltre 150 lingue. Parziale. "Strumenti di correzione" più limitati per 92 lingue nella versione Windows, 58 nella versione macOS [10], [11],[12]
Tecnologia linguistica Si. Supporto completo, basato sulla libreria di controllo ortografico più popolare Hunspell

LibreOffice Language Technology – News & Best practices, YouTube, Hunspell 1.7, LibreOffice vs MS Office, Better coverage: words, Unicode, morphology, 3 false alarms in Word, zero in Writer

Parziale. Limitato
Supporto di linguaggi complessi e funzioni speciali di caratteri intelligenti (legature, caratteri maiuscoli reali, numeri in vecchio stile, numeri proporzionali o mono-spaziati, spaziatura maiuscola e apice/pedice reali) Parziale. Pieno supporto della tecnologia dei caratteri SIL Graphite ([13],[14]) e pieno supporto delle funzionalità opzionali OpenType ([15],[16],[17]) per sintassi e UI (tdf#58941). Si veda anche LibreOffice come fare font intelligenti in Inglese. Supporto per Apple Advanced Typography (AAT) disponibile su tutte le piattaforme. Interoperabilità: nessun supporto per le funzionalità OpenType opzionali in OOXML e ODF 1.2 non fornisce il supporto delle funzionalità opzionali OpenType(supporto programmato per ODF 1.3) Parziale. Limitato tramite OpenType che supporta legature, set stilistici, opzioni di spaziatura dei numeri, moduli numerici e alternative contestuali. [18] Supporto per funzionalità OpenType opzionali in OOXML.
Supporto della variazione del carattere Parziale. Supporto limitato per il rendering dei caratteri sullo schermo, nessun supporto per la stampa e l'esportazione in PDF. tdf#108497 Parziale. Supporto limitato per il rendering dei caratteri sullo schermo, nessun supporto per la stampa e l'esportazione in PDF.
Facile accesso alle clip art vettoriali Si tramite Galleria LO (estensioni clipart ([19] or [20])). Estensione per l'integrazione di clipart daOpenClipart.org. Controllo barra degli strumenti aggiuntivo per inserire Emoji (experimental: tdf#100100) Parziale. Selezione di clip art più limitata. Selezione estesa di "icone".
Linguaggi di macro scripting Si. Più lingue, supporto per un'ampia varietà di lingue (LibreOffice Basic, JavaScript, BeanShell e Python). Importazione ed esportazione di Visual Basic, Applications Edition (VBA), si vedano ([21] e le note di rilascio). Parziale. Lingua unica, supporto per Visual Basic, Applications Edition (VBA). Indirettamente anche Visual Basic o Visual C# usando l'automazione.
Supporto del protocollo CMIS per accedere ai sistemi di gestione dei documenti Si. Supporto per Alfresco, Google GDrive, Nuxeo, MS SharePoint, MS OneDrive, IBM FileNet Lotus Live Files, Lotus Quickr Domino, OpenDataSpace e OpenText ELS. (tdf#62437) Parziale. Supporto integrato solo per MS SharePoint e MS OneDrive
Supporto degli standard ISO per il Formato OpenDocument (ODF)⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg Si. Supporto avanzato, ODF v1.2 esteso Parziale. Supporto limitato nella versione MS Windows e versione online, ODF v1.2. Il supporto di ODF nella versione macOS e nelle versioni mobili (Android, iOS, Windows 10 Mobile) è limitato e richiede l'uso di un servizio di conversione del formato di file online. [22] [23] [24]
Opzioni estese di esportazione PDF Si. Multiple options (Additional options: Tagged PDF, Time stamp protocol⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg, detailed image settings, Hybrid PDF, transition effects, extended security and permission options, PDF forms, initial view settings, extended handling of URLs, digital signatures, and PDF signatures according to PAdES⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg standard). Support for font embedding of all font types (incl. OpenType CFF fonts (.otf)). Support for PDF/A-2 standard. Parziale. High or low quality PDF, page and markup to print in Access, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint [25]; pictures resolution and non-printing informations in Publisher. No support for font embedding of OpenType CFF fonts in PDF export [26].
Document classification Si. Document classification in Writer, Calc, and Impress according to TSCP-standards (also with multiple policies). See: [27] and [28]. Parziale. No inbuilt document classification system, but Information Rights Management (IRM) supported
Import of SVG vector graphics (.svg, .svgz) Si Si. .svg files supported
Import of Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) vector graphics (.eps) Si (with some rendering issues: tdf#81497, tdf#67464) No. Support for .eps images entirely removed in Office 2019 and rental version ([29]. In Office 2016 sales version, it was [30]) turned off by default due to security issues, but could be manually enabled via Windows registry. There were general rendering issues of .eps files in PDF export ([31]).
Insert PDF as an image into documents Si ([32]) No
Creation of Hybrid PDFs (ODF file embedded in PDF for full editing) Si No
Import from raster graphics software: Adobe Photoshop (.psd) Si No
Import from vector graphics / DTP software: CorelDraw (v1-X7), Corel Presentation Exchange, Adobe/Macromedia Freehand (v3-11), Adobe PageMaker, Zoner/Callisto Draw (.zmf), QuarkXPress 3.1 to 4.1 Si No
Import of MS Visio files Si. Supported (Visio 2000-2013) No (only via MS Visio which is not part of MS Office)
Import of video and audio formats FLAC Audio (.flac), Flash Video (.flv), Matroska Media (.mkv), OGG Audio, Ogg Video, Quicktime Video, WebM Video, Real Audio (.ra), Real Media (.rm), Digital Video (.dv), Audio Codec (.ac3), and Ogg Opus (.opus) Si No
Drawing and vector graphics software Si. LibreOffice Draw, drawing and vector graphics software that supports pages (up to 300cm x 300cm), layers, numerous drawing tools and DTP features. Parziale. MS Powerpoint provides some features of a drawing software.
PIM and email software No. Not part of LibreOffice, referring to alternative PIM software such as Mozilla Thunderbird. See the comparison on this wiki: Mozilla Thunderbird vs. Microsoft Outlook.

Mail Merge Wizard sends out emails directly from LibreOffice without email software. LibreOffice-wide access to address books via Base.

Si. MS Outlook
Desktop publishing (DTP) software Parziale. Writer supports many advanced DTP features (see section on Writer in this comparison table). Draw supports frame-based DTP features. Import of MS Publisher files (and from other DTP software) in Draw. Si. MS Publisher
Integrated Development Environment (IDE) feature set Parziale. The BASIC Integrated Development Environment (IDE) does not have: 1. Refactoring facilities (Renaming affects dependencies/Extract Method/Extract interface etc.) (tdf#92251, tdf#94524, tdf#94526, tdf#94527, tdf#94528, tdf#94529, tdf#94530); 2. Intellisense (or any other code completion functionality) such as auto-code-completion and showing the properties and methods of an object (tdf#66185); 3. Error checking (the IDE actually knows its symbols). Si. Supported with Visual Basic for Applications and/or additional purchase of Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio (Windows-only). macOS version only supports a simplified Visual Basic Editor.
Import & Export of Microsoft OOXML files Parziale. Good and extended support of real life OOXML files (e.g. .xlsx, .docx, .pptx), standardized (transitional) OOXML files, as well as import of OOXML-strict files. [33] Si. Advanced support of transitional (default) and strict OOXML files
PDF Import Parziale, into Draw and Writer with the limitation that text is imported line-based (tdf#32249). Si, into MS Word
Versions of office suite for mobile operating systems (smartphones, tablets) Parziale. LibreOffice for iOS/iPadOS and Android available (LibreOffice not in app stores, but available as Collabora Office); viewer for Ubuntu Touch/UBPorts.

Android: Collabora Office on Google Play available, release announcement (2019-12-10). LibreOffice Viewer for Android available, with basic and experimental editing features. Information on new LibreOffice Android app: [34]. More information: Android port wiki, Commits, [35], [36].

iOS/iPadOS: LibreOffice for iPhone and iPad available: Collabora Office in the Apple AppStore. More information: Collabora press release, Adfinis press release, LibreOffice as an iOS app on the iPad; Announcement for iOS; Commits: [37], [38].

Ubuntu Touch/UBPorts: The Document Viewer is powered by LibreOfficeKit (LibreOffice 5) and supports viewing most file types supported by LibreOffice.

Si. Android, iOS and Windows Mobile. Mobile versions for smartphones and tablets with Android and iOS with restricted features set, for 'Windows 10 Mobile' smartphones with heavily restricted feature set. Office for Windows 10 Mobile is end of line and does not receive any further security updates.

Professional users as well as users on tablets >10.1 inch are required to have an eligible Office 365 subscription at a monthly fee. Private users are allowed to view and print documents without registration private users, basic editing functionality requires registration. More comprehensive features require an eligible Office 365 subscription at a monthly fee.

Online/cloud version of office suite Si. Libreoffice Online 7.0.0 / Collabora Online 4.0 with full document support and rendering fidelity, as well as collaborative editing. Advanced but reduced editing functionality compared to the desktop version. Online version supports Vereign compatible authentication & document signing. [39], [40], [41], [42], [43], [44]. See also: LibreOffice Online port development. Si. Office web apps, with advanced features, but reduced functionality compared to the desktop version. ([45])
Integration of online office suite into (third-party) collaboration software and groupware / content management systems Parziale. Integration of LibreOffice Online in: OwnCloud and Nextcloud, Kolab,Pydio, Seafile,IceWarp, AG-I Solutions, Alinto, VNCLagoon, EGroupware, Univention App Center, Kopano Documents, LibreOffice Online powered by CIB, Collabora Online, Corteza Community Server, Alfresco [46], Roove, Zimbra ([47]), Mastermost, Moodle, IServ Schulserver. See also this list: Availability of LibreOffice Online. Parziale. MS Office Online Server integration in MS SharePoint
Availability of online office suite in (third-party) online services / Free & commercial office cloud hosts Parziale. Variety of available service providers: UrBerri, eqipe, New Access, Arawa, Artistanbul, TransfertPro, Extensys,Rono-IT, SecuredStore, StudioStorti,united hoster, Option Service Télécom, AggreCost, Webo.hosting, FileCloud, Retention Range, Workman.net.au, OffiDocs, CiviHosting, ETES, Sunjun, opendsi, GMS, OpenLogic, SwissStash, iOffice Cloud, cloudplan, EGroupware, ZenTao, SwissVON, CQ Net, Mijncloudoffice, mentorITe, PowerFolder, GMX Online Office, Mail.com Online Office, Web.de Online Office, hostiso.com, Kolab Now, Crest Tech. See also this list: Availability of LibreOffice Online. Parziale MS OneDrive
Synchronous collaborative editing Parziale. Collaborative editing in LibreOffice online version (Writer, Calc and Impress). Not available in the desktop applications (tdf#133984), see development information: Collaborative Editing and Track changes. Si. Supported in online versions of MS Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Support in desktop applications via OneDrive or MS Sharepoint. Support in desktop applications varies: Real-time "co-authoring" in MS Word, Powerpoint, and MS Excel (only via AutoSave) (not supported in MS Powerpoint and MS Excel in MS Office 2019 sales version; MS Powerpoint 2019 sales version only allows for co-authoring (syncing after saving file). Simplified "sharing" of office documents in MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint via OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint. AutoSave feature, which automatically saves every few seconds, is supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint, if files are stored on OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, or SharePoint Online (Not available in MS Office 2019 sales versions on macOS and Windows. Real-time collaboration for MS Word supported in MS Office 2019 sales version on Windows).
User Interface approach Si. Highly customizable UI concept "MUFFIN" [48],[49]: Available user interfaces: (1) Classic UI with multiple toolbars mode, and Sidebar panel. (2) Single Toolbar mode, and Sidebar panel. (3) Notebookbar Tabbed UI. (4) Notebookbar Grouped Compact UI. (5) Notebookbar Tabbed Compact UI. (6) Notebookbar Contextual Single UI (Writer and Draw). Customization possible: Several icon themes available (Karasa Jaga, Breeze, Breeze Dark, Colibre, Elementary, Sifr, Sifr Dark, Tango). Parziale. Ribbon UI; Colour themes (on MS Windows: Colorful, Dark Gray, Black, White. On macOS: Colorful, Classic; Dark mode (not supported in Office 2019 sales version on macOS))
User interface improved to enable use on touch screen devices on desktop operating systems. No (tdf#102015) Parziale. Slightly adjusted user interface for touch screen devices, but no redesign.
Keyboard driven menu system (search function to better find features in office suite). No. Only via help system. On Ubuntu Unity support for Head-Up-Display (HUD) system. (tdf#91874) Si. Tell Me search bar.
Accessibility checker No. Extension for text documents: AccessODF. Accessibility checker and support for PDF/UA in development for release LO 7.0 Si [50], [51]
Chat with other authors (collaborative editing) No. Si. In-app chat with co-authors for shared files on SharePoint Online or OneDrive for Business. Not supported for OneDrive Consumer or any other storage location. Non-persistent chat (history not preserved; new users see only newly incoming messages). (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version; not supported on Android and iOS). [52].
Integration of instant Messaging (IM), voice, video, or screen sharing. No. Si. Skype integration (not supported in macOS version).
Dictation / speech recognition No Si in MS Word, MS Powerpoint, MS Outlook. Voice audio is sent to Microsoft cloud servers and returned as text. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version on Windows and macOS)
Inserting and editing 3D models No (previous support in Impress for glTF (.dae/.kmz) 3D models removed in version 6.0) Si in Powerpoint, Word, and Excel. Insert animated 3D graphics in Powerpoint, Word, and Excel (Supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.)
Support of color fonts No Si [53]
Support of math fonts No (tdf#103680), workaround using TexMaths extension with XeLaTeX compiler. [54] Si
Minor Feature Differences LibreOffice 6.4 MS Office 2019 / 365
Generation of QR codes Si. In Impress, Draw, Writer and Calc No
Import of graphics formats DXF, MET, PBM, PCD, PCX, PGM, PPM, PPM, RAS, SGF, SVM, TGA, XBM, XPM Si No
Import of Classic Mac OS legacy vector and bitmap graphics formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, GreatWorks, MacPaint, MacWorks, SuperPaint, MacDraw, MacDraw II, RagTime for Mac 2-3, ClarisDraw, MacDraft Si No
Import of additional video and audio formats: CD Audio, Vivo Video. Si No
Drawing features: Arrow endings Si. Substantially wider selection, including Crow’s feet notation No. Less supported arrow endings
Document converter wizard Si No
Euro currency converter wizard Si No
Expert config to access a multitude of settings from UI Si No
Support for multiple color palette formats: Gimp (.gpl), Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase), LibreOffice/Apache OpenOffice (.soc) Si (note: tdf#92354) No
Import MathML formula from clipboard Si No
Import of StarOffice binary file formats .sdc, .sda, .sdw Parziale. Basic support No
Digital signatures / Signature Line Si. Multiple signatures, including OOXML signatures. Round-trip with MS Office problematic (tdf#58442, tdf#58476). Import/export of PDF signatures. Support of XAdES⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg standard (XML Advanced Electronic Signatures) and OpenPGP keys. Additional support of ECDSA keys (on Linux and macOS). Additional (experimental) support for OpenPGP-based document encryption. Si (OOXML/XML-DSig and XAdES signatures)
Convert SVG image to shapes / polygon Si. Conversion supported in LO Draw. Additionally opening SVG files directly as shapes is supported in LO Draw. (tdf#115571) Si
Enhanced list of recent files and folders Parziale (tdf#61174, tdf#60743). Option to clear list of recent documents. Selectively delete Recent Documents (in StartCenter) Si (option to set recent files as permanent)
Custom colours in formula editor Parziale. Set of 16 colours (tdf#40436) Si
Third-party software dependencies Parziale. Java runtime environment (JRE) installation required for certain - but not most - features of the software. Java is notably required for Base. (tdf#34809) Si. Not required
Shortcut keys for accented Latin characters No (tdf#71176), workaround using Unicode conversion, see Unicode character input with Alt+X Parziale. Limited support
Inserting audio / video / pictures from online sources No (tdf#42246). Work-around: Download of online video and embed it in presentation (incl. Flash videos) Parziale [55] Insert online pictures in Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
Collaboration with @mentions in comments No Si, in PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Outlook. Supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.[56]
Quick access to email attachments No Si, "Shared with me" feature in PowerPoint, Excel, Word.
Streaming of office applications/office on demand No (possible via third party services) Si ([57])
Ink drawings / annotations (e.g. on touch- and pen-enabled devices) No (tdf#35092), (only support for import of existing ink annotations from MS Word file format) Si. Several pens, highlighters, colors and color effects, and pencils for inking to draw/annotate/highlight. Lasso Select (free-form tool for selecting ink). Ink replay feature (Not supported in macOS version)
Recognition of shapes from ink drawings No Si. [58] supported in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Powerpoint
Recognition of text from ink drawings No Si. [59] Conversion of ink to shapes in MS Powerpoint and MS Word (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and only available on Windows 10; not supported in macOS sales version)
Automatic background removal of a picture No (tdf#103424) Si. Supported in MS Windows version (not supported in macOS version)
Live preview while formatting No (tdf#37048) Si
Inserting a screenshot from within applications No Si
Import of graphics formats: MEZ, EMZ, WMZ, PCZ No (tdf#103954) Si
Export to XPS format⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg No Si
Support for Touch Bar on Apple MacBook Pro No (tdf#105803) Si (macOS only)

Word processors: LibreOffice Writer vs. Microsoft Word

Major Feature Differences LO Writer 6.4 MS Word 2019 / 365
Handling of captions for graphics or image boxes Si. Stable layout No. Layout problems
Styles (page styles, frame styles, list styles) Si No
Overlining of text Si No. No, but complicated workaround
Master documents for longer texts Si. Master documents and Master document templates supported No. Supported but deprecated because it causes file corruption
Redaction tool / sanitization of classified information Si. Supported. Redaction & Automatic redaction tool No
Register-true feature / register accuracy (DTP-feature) Si No
Business card wizard Si (release notes) No
Text auto completion of words already used before Si [60] No
XForms documents creation Si No
Mathematical calculations in tables Si. Complex calculations No. Only basic arithmetic
DocBook import & export Si No
Export to MediaWiki (Wikipedia) format Si No
Export to XHTML Si No
Export to EPUB⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg e-book file format (.epub) Si No
Export document as image(s) Si. Supported, image formats: .jpg, .png No
Import of Apple Pages documents Si. Support for Pages v1-5 [61] No
Working with large documents Si. Stable layout Parziale. Some layout problems [62]
Extended label creation features (release notes) Si (generic database access, synchronise content) Parziale
Frames Si. DTP-like features like text in multiple columns and text-wrap around graphics Parziale. Concept of "horizontal frames" is more limited
DirectCursor (allows to enter text anywhere on a page) Si Si. Supported, under the name Click and type (advanced option)
Table styles Parziale (release notes 5.3 and release notes 6.0) (tdf#34391). Si
PDF export of comments Parziale. Export of comments according to PDF specification (via "File" > "Export as PDF"). PDF export of comments: inside the margin, at end of page, at end of document (activation complicated, only via: "Tools" > "Options" > "LibreOffice Writer" > "Print" (tdf#77650)) Parziale. Export only as comments inside margin
Grammar check Parziale. out of the box only 4 languages (English, Russian, Hungarian and Brazilian Portuguese)

extensions: e.g. Languagetool for 30 languages plus 12 language variants (level of language support varies; 9 languages with more than 1000 rules), Grammalecte for French, CoGroo for Brazilian Portuguese

Si. 21 languages (plus 1 language variant) were supported in MS Office 2013 with additional costs) ; no information on supported languages in MS Office 2016. Grammar check on macOS version limited to few languages.
Style sets (for paragraph styles) Parziale. Different. Templates provide this functionality, but more difficult to handle. Helpful extension: Template Changer (tdf#89286). Experimental design themes: (tdf#45176, tdf#90497) Si. Supported ("document themes")
Use of LaTeX syntax for formulas No. Extension: TexMaths Si. Ability to type math using the LaTeX syntax (Not supported in macOS version)
Vertical alignment (top/center/bottom) of content on page No (tdf#36117), workarounds via frame/table Si
Picture styles & additional effects No (tdf#59906), but effects are preserved on import and export. Si
View changes in the right margin in "track changes" mode No (tdf#34355) Si
Diagonal borders in tables No (tdf#51665) Si
Extended reading mode of documents No (tdf#55168) Si
Collapse and expand parts of a document No (tdf#47746) Si
Instant messaging while collaborating on document No Si ([63])
Minor Feature Differences LO Writer 6.4 MS Word 2019 / 365
Protected cells in tables (allows better creation of forms) Si No
Open erroneous .doc files Si. Better recovery mode ([64],[65]) No. More frequently denies opening those files
Wizard to create personalized letter templates Si No
Import & Export Unified Office Format text Si No
Import & Export AportisDoc (Palm), PocketWord documents Si. Supported (requires Java) No
Import of AbiWord files Si No
Import of eBook formats: FictionBook 2.0, BroadBand, Plucker (Palm), eReader (Palm), zTXT (Palm), TealDoc (Palm), PalmDoc (Palm) Si No
Import of legacy Mac OS word processing documents: MS Word for Mac (1-5.1), MS Works for Mac (1-4), ClarisWorks/AppleWorks, Write Now, MacWriteII/MacWritePro, DOCMaker 4, FullWrite Professional, HanMac Word-K/J, LightWayText for Mac 4.5, Mariner Write Mac Classic 1.6-3.5, MindWrite Document, Nisus Writer Mac Classic 3.4-6.5, TeachText/SimpleText 1, Tex-Edit 2, WriterPlus, Z-Write 1.3, eDOC 2, Acta Mac Classic, BeagleWorks/WordPerfect Works 1, GreatWorks, MacDoc 1, MoreMac 2-3, RagTime for Mac 2-3 Si No
Import of DOS/Windows legacy word processing documents: Microsoft Word for DOS, Microsoft WinWord 5, Microsoft Word 6.0 / 95, Microsoft Write, Hangul WP97, Text 602 (T602), Lotus WordPro Si No
Logo toolbar and interpreter Si. [66] No
Format text of all comments in document Si No
Markdown feature to automatic format *bold*, /italic/, -strikeout- and _underline_ Yes. (How to switch on the feature). See also tdf#133023 No
Conditional text Si ([67], [68](PDF) [69]) Parziale ([70], [71])
Automatic replacement of Emojis Si. supported. Additional toolbar control to insert Emojis (experimental: tdf#100100) Parziale. Manual creation of replacement lists
Number of columns per table in document Si. Unlimited columns Parziale. Limited to 63 columns
Multi-line headings for chapters Si. Multi-line headings for chapters by allowing a line break as separator between a chapter number and its name (in Chapter Numbering dialog) Parziale. Only via work-around [72]
Maximum page size Si. 300cm x 300cm Parziale. 55.87cm x 55.87cm
Bibliographic features Parziale. Basic inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero, Bibus, JabRef as well as proprietary extensions. Si. Inbuilt support. Excellent free extensions: e.g. Zotero as well as proprietary extensions.
Advanced find & replace / Special characters Parziale (tdf#38261). See List of Regular Expressions. Extension: Alternative dialog Find & Replace for Writer Si
Complex Outline numbering / Multilevel list Parziale. Different numerically equivalent format not supported (tdf#35217) Si
Default keyboard shortcuts Parziale. Less default shortcuts ([73]) Si. More default shortcuts ([74])
Add watermarks to pages Parziale. Support for text watermarks. Workaround for picture watermarks via adding image to header/footer. Si (text and picture watermarks)
Complex/rich text formatting in comments (e.g. bullet points, text color, images, tables) No. Some formatting features are supported, e.g. font type, font size, bold, italics, underline, text alignment (align, centered, justified). (tdf#81458) Si
Document/text translation No (tdf#34058), extension: TradutorLibreText. Si ([75])
Decorative page borders No (tdf#39270) Si
Horizontal split view of the same document No (tdf#31481), workaround: Windows > New Window to clone document window. Si
Outline view No (tdf#38262), workaround: Navigator > Content View to drag and promote/demote headings Si
Draft view No (tdf#67698) Si
Upload to blog servers No, extension: Sun Weblog Publisher. Si (Sharepoint Blog, Wordpress, Blogger, Windows Live Spaces, Community Server, TypePad, MetaWebLog API)
Digital pen usage / ink gestures No Si [76]. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Transform document into a Sway web page No Si. supported in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Line by line reading of text No Si. Line Focus (removes removes distractions) feature in MS Word. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and not supported in macOS version)

Spreadsheet applications: LibreOffice Calc vs. Microsoft Excel

Major Feature Differences LO Calc 6.4 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Spreadsheet functions (for details see Functions comparison of LibreOffice Calc and Excel) Si. 506 functions (27 functions unique to Calc) Si. 473 functions (19 functions unique to Excel)
Unique Spreadsheet functions Si. CURRENT, DDE, MONTHS, OPT_BARRIER, OPT_PROB_HIT, OPT_PROB_INMONEY, OPT_TOUCH, STYLE, EASTERSUNDAY, YEARS, DAYSINMONTH, DAYSINYEAR, GOALSEEK, ISLEAPYEAR, MULTIPLE.OPERATIONS, MULTIRANGE, MVALUE, NEG, ROT13, WEEKS, WEEKSINYEAR, FORECAST.ETS.MULT, FORECAST.ETS.PI.MULT, FORECAST.ETS.STAT.MULT, RAWSUBTRACT, REGEX, ROUNDSIG, FOURIER. Extension: Kanji to Phonetic provides PHONETIC function. Si. CUBEKPIMEMBER, CUBEMEMBER, CUBEMEMBERPROPERTY, CUBERANKEDMEMBER, CUBESET, CUBESETCOUNT, CUBEVALUE, RTD, DBCS, CALL, REGISTER.ID, PHONETIC, YEN, FILTER, SORT, SORTBY, UNIQUE, SEQUENCE, RANDARRAY (tdf#126573).
Comparison of two spreadsheet files Si No
Page styles (in addition to cell styles) Si No
Hyphenation of text in cells Si No
AutoSpellcheck / Spelling as you type Si No ([77])
Export to XHTML Si No
Full-Sheet Previews: Possibility to export all pages on a sheet as one page in the PDF Si No
Exporting of a single chart as image (e.g. jpg, png, svg, pdf) Si No
OpenFormula standard Si. Largely supported Parziale
Keep the copy of cells (usability of copy&paste) Si. (Copy of cells is kept for pasting, even if the user does other tasks like typing or inserting cells) Parziale in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in macOS version.
Import of Apple Numbers spreadsheet documents Si. Support for Numbers v1-3 [78], see also this comparison No
Maximum number of columns per sheet Parziale. 1,024 (tdf#50916) Si. 16,384 (256 in compatibility mode)
Table styles Parziale. View ▸ Toolbars ▸ Tools ▸ Choose Themes as well as Format ▸ AutoFormat provide part of this functionality. (tdf#77569, tdf#44762,tdf#44763) Si
Record a macro Parziale. Limited support [79] Si
Insert a graphic into a spreadsheet header or footer Parziale. Inserted image cannot be resized nor cropped, usability issues. (tdf#74146) Si
Statistical / Analysis toolkit Parziale. Built-in Data Statistics Wizard with additional features: Chi2-test, Logarithmic regression, Power regression Parziale. Add-on, not activated by default. Additional features: Histogram, Random number generation, Rank and percentiles, and some more detailed options.
Chart styles No (tdf#62925, tdf#62540, tdf#39097) Parziale. Selection of some pre-set chart styles and layouts
Power Pivot⁠Wikipedia logo v3.svg features No Si
Additional chart types: Waterfall, Histogram, Pareto, Box & Whisker (Box plot), Treemap (Mosaic), Sunburst, Funnel No (tdf#74665, tdf#81530,tdf#70361,tdf#72992, tdf#97832) Si.
Relationships between tables, based on matching data in each table No (work around: using function VLOOKUP) Si ([80])
Integration of external data sources No. Extension: New Jaguar Calc add-in provides SQLREQUEST function and Queryconnector provides graphical interface. Si. Queries and data sources via "Power Query" and "Power BI" [81]. (SQL.REQUEST removed in favor of Power Query since MS Excel 2010)
Forecasting data to predict future trends Si. Extended set of forecast functions (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) Si. Forecast functions and forecast charts (based on exponential smoothing algorithm) (not supported in macOS version)
Import MS Access databases Parziale. Via ODB file connected to database (needs MS Access installed on the system) Si
Multi-Core Processing / multithreading Parziale. Parallel formula compiling on the CPU. OpenCL/GPU threading in Calc core ([82],[83]). Multithreading is work in progress: tdf#65046, [84], Presentation "Making Calc Calculate in Parallel". Si. Starting in Excel 2010, the following features use multi-core processors: saving a file, opening a file, refreshing a PivotTable (for external data sources, except OLAP and SharePoint), sorting a cell table, sorting a PivotTable, and auto-sizing a column.

For operations that involve reading and loading or writing data, such as opening a file, saving a file or refreshing data, splitting the operation into two processes increases performance speed. The first process gets the data, and the second process loads the data into the appropriate structure in memory or writes the data to a file. In this way, as soon as the first process begins reading a portion of data, the second process can immediately start loading or writing that data, while the first process continues to read the next portion of data. Previously, the first process had to finish reading all the data in a certain section before the second process could load that section of the data into memory or write the data to a file. ([85], [86])

Export generic XML No Si
Minor Feature Differences LO Calc 6.4 MS Excel 2019 / 365
Flexible CSV export Si. Supported ([87], [88]) No
Advanced find & replace / regular expressions / special characters Si (List of Regular Expressions) No
View clone of spreadsheet in new window Si. Independent window No. Cannot be moved outside the application window
Median in PivotTable Si tdf#61700 No [89]
Chart type Stepped lines for XY (Scatter) graphs Si No
Use English function names Si. Possibility to switch between function names in local language and English No
Import & Export Unified Office Format spreadsheet Si No
Import of DOS/Windows legacy spreadsheet formats: Lotus 1-2-3, Quattro Pro (v1-5.5 DOS; v1.0-6.0 Windows), Microsoft Works spreadsheet, Microsoft Multiplan (v1-3 DOS) Si No
Import of Classic Mac OS legacy spreadsheet formats: BeagleWorks, ClarisWorks, Claris Resolve, GreatWorks, MacWorks, Wingz, Microsoft Multiplan (v1.11) Si No
Import & Export Pocket Excel Si. Supported (requires Java) No
Ability to rotate entire chart Si No
PDF export of comments Si. Export of comments according to PDF specification No
Property mapping functionality for charts (conditional chart colors/borders) Si No (Only available: Inverting colors for negative values)
Import from Gnumeric Si (not available on Windows, see tdf#94834) No
Export cell range selection or a selected group of shapes (images) as .png or .jpg image Si No
Export sheet/table as .png image Si No
Formatting of cells Si. More detailed: Number formats: more flexible use of "Format Code" for custom adjustments, leading zeroes, language setting, percentages without percentage sign, thousands separator for percentages; Font: overligning of text, relief (embossed, engraved), outline, shadow, underline of individual words, spacing settings, kerning; Borders: shadow, spacing to contents; Protection: hide cells when printing. Parziale. Less features
Additional cell format types Si. Number format "Boolean value". Engineering notation. Natural language number format (spelling out numbers in various languages. Easy work around for missing US zip code and US phone number formats. Parziale Engineering notation via custom formats.
Support negative year date (BCE) Si. Parziale Using work-arounds.
Conditional formatting: icon sets Parziale. 2 additional smilies icon sets. No reverse icon order (tdf#61313). Parziale. Customization of icon sets, e.g. reverse icon order.
Advanced find & replace / Cell Format Parziale (Styles supported, Cell Format not supported) Si
Formulae with entire columns or entire rows Parziale (tdf#34094, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Si
Default keyboard and/or mouse shortcuts [90] Parziale. Less default shortcuts ([91], tdf#98259, tdf#92452, tdf#92453) Si. More default shortcuts ([92], [93], [94])
Sheet protection options (allow users certain actions in protected sheets) Parziale. Supported for select protected/unprotected cells and insert/delete rows/columns. Si for select protected/unprotected cells, insert/delete rows/columns, format cells/columns/rows, insert hyperlinks, sort, use AutoFilter/Pivot Table reports, edit objects/scenarios.
Timeline filter in PivotTable No Si [95]
Chart: Automatically vary colours by point No (only manually) Si
Chart type: xyz / surface charts No, basic workaround [96] (tdf#51670) Si
Chart type: pie of pie (bar of pie) No (tdf#50934) Si
Map charts and 3D geospatial visualization tool No (via extension GeOOo) Si. Map charts and "3D Maps".
Different chart types for different data series No (tdf#35629) Si
Printing of selected chart only No, workarounds [97], [98] (tdf#45893) Si
Automatized analysis and visualization features No Si Quick analysis feature and visual summaries, trends, and patterns. [99], [100]. Some of these features ("Ideas in Excel") supported in rental version, not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version; quick analysis feature not supported on macOS.
Flash fill No (tdf#109003). Some (partial) workarounds suggested here tdf#109003#c1. Si
Chart recommendations No Si
'Publishing' spreadsheet for online team meetings No Si
Sparklines (to give a quick overview of the trend in a data range) No, extension: EuroOffice Sparkline Si
Add points to a line, possibility to bend lines No (tdf#36943) Si
Cell background options Parziale. Background color (bugs regarding pattern tdf#31205 and gradient tdf#49177). Extension: Hatch Patterns for Cells Si. Background color, pattern, gradient
Copy only visible cells No (tdf#36466), extension: Copy only visible cells Si

Presentation software: LibreOffice Impress vs. Microsoft PowerPoint

Major Feature Differences LO Impress 6.4 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Hyphenation support Si No
Export to XHTML Si No
Export to HTML Si No (removed feature since MS Office 2013)
Export to Flash format (SWF) Si No
Export to vector graphic formats: SVG, EPS Si Parziale, to SVG (Supported in Windows rental version, not supported in MS Office sales versions.)
Presentation remote control for smartphones/tablets Si. For Android smartphones/tablets, iOS (iPhone/iPad), and Pebble smartwatches. Parziale. For WindowsPhone 8 and Android (smartphones only), but with additional features for Excel and Word. (Not supported in macOS version).
3D slide transitions Si. ​macOS, Linux, Windows Parziale. ​macOS, Windows
Edit embedded videos Parziale. Via external programs Si. Directly in the program
Comments and reply to comments Parziale Si
Animated effects Parziale. Supported, but problems with: spinning text (tdf#87958), pixelated (tdf#87959), wobble/shake/vibrate (tdf#87960), objects stuck (tdf#88196) Si
Trim embedded video or audio No Si. Supported (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version)
Zooming features for presentations (Prezi inspired) No (tdf#38263) Si. Supported (Not supported in macOS sales version) [101]
Slides editable during presentation No (tdf#34965) Si
SmartArt diagrams No (tdf#37932), solution: smArt extension Si
Save highlights and drawings during presentation No (tdf#51928) Si
Compare presentations No Si
Broadcast presentation on the Internet No. Only via export to PDF or SWF Si. Additional support to publish to Microsoft Stream video-sharing site (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in macOS version)
Animated diagrams No Si
Record a slide show No (tdf#34959) Si
Slide design suggestions No Si via Powerpoint "Designer" (not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version in Windows and macOS)
Navigate presentation using a Bluetooth pen No Si. Supported with Bluetooth pen or Surface pen. Using digital pen as a slide-show clicker (Not supported in macOS version)
Minor Feature Differences LO Impress 6.4 MS PowerPoint 2019 / 365
Number of slide layouts Si. 12 Parziale. 9
Text background colour in text boxes Si No
PDF export of comments Si. Export of comments according to PDF specification No
Import & Export Unified Office Format presentation Si No
Export to graphics formats: MET, PBM, PICT, PGM, PPM, RAS, XPM Si No
Import of Apple Keynote files Si. Support for Keynote v1-6 [102] No
Embedding of fonts in presentation file Si Parziale. Supported on Windows. No support for embedding fonts in PowerPoint on macOS, although displayed. No support for embedding OpenType CFF fonts. [103]
Maximum page size Si. 300cm x 300cm (Draw and Impress) Parziale. 142.22cm x 142.22cm
Editing of master slides Parziale. Limited editing, has been a GSOC 2013 project ([104]). Si. Powerful editing
Default keyboard shortcuts Parziale. Less default shortcuts ([105]) Si. More default shortcuts ([106], [107])
Conversion of hand-drawn shapes into diagrams / recognition of ink equations No Si [108] Conversion of ink to shapes/diagrams in MS Powerpoint ; Ink equations (conversion of drawing to equation) in Powerpoint. (Not supported in MS Office 2019 sales version and only available on Windows 10; not supported in macOS sales version).
Automatically suggesting presentation outline from online sources by entering subject No Si. "QuickStarter feature (Not supported in MS Office 2016 sales version and not supported in Windows version)
"Morph" transition type No Si [109]
Creation of automatically starting presentations No, extension: ImpressRunner Si
Export presentation to video formats No (tdf#34959) Si. Supported to .mp4 and .wmv formats. Export up to 4K resolution.
Slide zoom and pan No (tdf#38263) Si
Option to save as picture presentation No (tdf#93589) Si

Database program: LibreOffice Base vs. Microsoft Access

Major Feature Differences LO Base 6.4 MS Access 2019 / 365
Available on all operating systems supported by the office suite Si No. MS Access not available on macOS, online and mobile OS versions
SQL syntax highlighting Si No
Native connectors for: MariaSQL, PostgreSQL, Novell GroupWise Si. Plus MySQL as extension.[110] No. No, via ODBC
Integration of Mozilla Thunderbird address book, KDE address book, Evolution LDAP and storage, Windows system address book Si No
Native JDBC driver Si No
Connect to ODF spreadsheet (Calc) file format Si No
Database engine Si. FirebirdSQL 3.0; HSQLDB 1.8.x (deprecated). In LibreOffice 6.2 FirebirdSQL is the default for new databases. Firebird Migration Assistant converts HSQLDB databases to FirebirdSQL Parziale. Jet
Integration of MS Outlook address book Parziale. Supported only on MS Windows. No support for Outlook (tdf#56903) and Outlook Express (tdf#56905) address book access in the native 64-bit Windows builds of LibreOffice. Si
Importing data sources (tables) from within the database application Parziale. Either via drag & drop from Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the data source being open. ([111]) (tdf#51872) Si
Exporting tables to different file formats from within the database application: Parziale. Only via drag&drop to LibreOffice Calc or via drag & drop from another Base window with the writable data source being open. ([112]) (tdf#73798) Si
Edit MS Access files Parziale. Limited older driver "Microsoft.Jet.OLEDB.4.0" works fine for read/write, while "Microsoft.ACE.OLEDB.12.0" driver only reads; (tdf#43187). Driver only works on Windows. Si
Native connector for: Microsoft SQL Server No. No, via ODBC Si
Crosstab queries No. Not supported but reproducible with Pivot Table with Calc (FAQ 142 ) Si
"Linked tables" capability No. Not supported but you can link text tables (FAQ 143) (tdf#56234) Si
Imported table from spreadsheets - keep fields format No Si
Import data from XML, HTML No Si
Minor Feature Differences LO Base 6.4 MS Access 2019 / 365
Native connector for: dBase databases Si No. Not supported (removed feature since Office 2013)
Open LibreOffice Base (.odb) files Si No
Open DOS/Windows legacy formats: Microsoft Works database Si No
Native connector for: SharePoint lists No Si
Link or import data from Salesforce and Dynamics 365 No Si
Web service data connection No Si
Password protection of database No (tdf#70638) Si
Calculations in database tables No (tdf#72787) Si

Most important LibreOffice extensions

LibreOffice has a complex eco-system of extensions (over 390 on extensions.libreoffice.org and over 800 on extensions.openoffice.org). Additionally to the extensions already mentioned in above comparison table, here is a selection of some extensions adding valuable features to LibreOffice:

LibreOffice Extensions
General office suite: LibreOffice
LibreOffice Writer
LibreOffice Calc
LibreOffice Impress
  • Export as Images allows to export all the Impress slides or Draw pages as images in JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP and TIFF formats.
  • OpenCards is a free award-winning flashcard learning software.
LibreOffice Draw
LibreOffice Base
  • Access2Base VBA for MSAccess emulator. (installed by default in LibreOffice 6.2; available for download for older versions than 6.1)
  • BaseDocumenter fully document a LibreOffice Base application.
Accessibility extensions
  • odt2daisy, converts OpenDocument Text (ODT) to digital talking books in the DAISY format (DAISY 2.02, DAISY 3.0 XML and Full DAISY 3.0) for speech synthesis.
  • Read Text, it uses an external program or a web service to read text. Read the selection with Calc, Draw, Impress, Web Writer and Writer.
  • AccessODF, helps authors evaluate and repair accessibility issues in OpenDocument Text and other word processing formats supported by Writer.
  • odt2braille, enables authors to print documents to a Braille embosser and to export documents as Braille files. The Braille output is well-formatted and highly customizable.

See also