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It isn’t ready just yet. It should be ready by the end of the year. It was originally conceived way back in 2011, alongside announcements for Android and iOS versions – both of which are also yet to appear, with the iOS version potentially never appearing. However, if you want – nay, demand LibreOffice in your browser before the end of the year, MakeUseOf has you covered. Read on, friend!

Using RollApp

If you haven’t come across RollApp yet, it’s certainly worth a look. RollApp builds a cloud based virtual platform, allowing you to run applications within your web browser. Applications behave exactly how their desktop counterparts do, albeit with minute time differences, depending on your Internet connection.

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It is ridiculously easy – seriously. You’ll have to sign up to save your files – use one of the offered social accounts, your email, or a throwaway 10 Minute Mail account if you’re comfortable you’ll never forget your password. RollApp also offers a pretty solid roster of apps including GIMP, GanttProject, Notepad++, FreeCAD, and more. You can even skip LibreOffice and head for Calligra Words, Sheets, Plan, and Stage, if you like.

RollApp App Selection

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RollApp offers use of LibreOffice 4.1.3. This is several versions back from the current (and best) LibreOffice 4.4.X Is the New LibreOffice a Better Microsoft Office Alternative? Is the New LibreOffice a Better Microsoft Office Alternative? LibreOffice, a long-time contender of Microsoft Office, just received a makeover and important updates. After being held back by niggling bugs over the years, has LibreOffice finally found the winning formula? Read More release, but for a free service, who is complaining?

A similar tool is Cameyo, which lets you run Windows programs in your browser Run Windows Programs from Any Browser & Access Your Files on the Go Run Windows Programs from Any Browser & Access Your Files on the Go Software should be used, not installed. Use Cameyo to run your favorite Windows apps from anywhere. You just need a browser tab and Dropbox. Read More and hosts an online version of LibreOffice.

Using a Linux Server

N.B: I haven’t tested this method, but have watched others complete the tutorial.

It is possible to use a Linux server to launch LibreOffice Calligra vs. LibreOffice: Which Is The More Productive Linux Office Suite? Calligra vs. LibreOffice: Which Is The More Productive Linux Office Suite? Read More within a web browser. The Document Foundation wiki explains how you can run LibreOffice in your browser. The following video also demonstrates the workaround up and running in a Mozilla browser – though unfortunately there is no sound:

To get this working on a Windows machine, you’ll need to download a virtual machine Testing A New Operating System? Stay Secure With A Virtual Machine Testing A New Operating System? Stay Secure With A Virtual Machine Read More , a Linux distro The Best Linux Distributions The Best Linux Distributions There are many Linux distributions available for a number of different purposes, which makes it difficult to choose at times. Here's a list of the very best to help you decide. Read More , a cloud server package, recompile the LibreOffice source files, upload – and off you go. I mean, yes, this works, but is it really worth it when there are so many other solutions you could use, the one mentioned above included?

How Does It Compare?

Both of these solutions are worthwhile if you really need LibreOffice in your browser. But realistically they are novel workarounds for a non-issue – I mean seriously, why not either wait until the end of the year, or just use one of the already established cloud office packages? Both Microsoft Office and Google Drive are excellent cloud office solutions Microsoft Makes Office 365 Cloud Secure With Multi-Factor Authentication Microsoft Makes Office 365 Cloud Secure With Multi-Factor Authentication Microsoft has finally given users some peace of mind by introducing optional multi-factor authentication in Office 365. In the same announcement, the company said the feature will arrive in Office 2013 this year itself. Read More you can access from any computer with an Internet connection, from any operating system.

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I’m sure the outcome of LibreOffice Online/Browser/”insert final name here” will be an excellent addition to the cloud office solutions spectrum, but right now you’re still better off heading to one of the established names. Considering the integration of Google Docs with Android devices and Office Online integration Don't Pay For Word! 5 Reasons You Should Use Office Online Don't Pay For Word! 5 Reasons You Should Use Office Online Office Online is the free and cloud-connected version of Microsoft Office. Limitations are compensated by features, useful even to users of desktop Office. Best of all is its Read More with the desktop version, LibreOffice is going up against extremely strong, well established competition – so kudos to The Document Foundation, as I know many people will welcome their addition, and many will likely make the switch.

Conclusion

Bleh. If you must, use the RollApp solution. It is fast, handy, and importantly works easily. There isn’t too much messing around. Avoid the 2nd solution unless you really want to learn how the solution works, or have a penchant for ridiculous solutions to problems that aren’t real. Use Google Docs, or Office Online, or search the Chrome Web Store for one of the other Office applications – there are plenty of them.

As I mentioned, I am looking forward to LibreOffice in browser form – it’s just not quite here yet. What makes you eager to use LibreOffice online?

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