Free LibreOffice costs money for the first time, but only through the Apple App Store

Free LibreOffice costs money for the first time, but only through the Apple App Store
Free LibreOffice costs money for the first time, but only through the Apple App Store

Users of the free (open source) productivity suite LibreOffice now have to pay a one-time fee of 9 euros via the Apple App Store. They get a possibly worse version of the program for that, while a better version is also available for free for MacOS. Why did developer The Document Foundation make this decision?

In a blog post, the non-profit organization behind LibreOffice explains that it is a “convenience fee.” The program is open source and remains freely available through the official website. But because Apple sets certain requirements for applications in the App Store, TDF is now asking for money for the program for the first time.

One of those requirements that Apple sets is that apps should not have ‘dependence’ on external parties. That is why LibreOffice has no Java support in the App Store and the program is objectively more limited than all free versions, the maker also emphasizes. On the other hand, App Store users do get automatic updates for the program, while the MacOS version that needs to be downloaded manually also needs to be updated manually.


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Sources: TDF, via The Register

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