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Is LibreOffice officially in the Windows Store?

asked 2018-07-21 15:15:12 +0200

marczellm gravatar image

Today I found LibreOffice in the Windows Store.

I like installing free software from the Windows Store because I get seamless automatic updates in the background. (MuseScore, WinSCP for example.)

But this LibreOffice doesn't seem an official version because the publishing organization has a lot of unrelated apps:

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Is LibreOffice officially in the Windows Store? If not, why not?

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answered 2018-07-21 15:20:55 +0200

updated 2018-07-21 15:54:45 +0200

David gravatar image

Well - that is not a TDF (official) release.

I cannot tell for TDF, but IMO, LibreOffice isn't there officially because it isn't worth the burden. The (Apple/Mac) AppStore version is backed by a commercial company (Collabora Productivity); and possibly Windows Store would need something like that; but it is unlikely that it would be of significant benefit, especially taking into account that the automatic updater for Windows is in the works, so the Windows version from TDF (MSI) would not be any worse than that from the store.

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It would be slightly worse UX, in that it would use a separate process to update (that has to be started by the user?). If the updater has any UI (notifications etc.) that is even worse UX: the OS built-in update mechanism doesn't bother the user at all.

marczellm gravatar imagemarczellm ( 2018-07-22 11:20:15 +0200 )edit

It's funny how users like when software dumbs them... sigh. Well: notifications is the status quo. What is in works is automatic updater. E.g., Thunderbird uses a service to update itself (given that user wants that at install time), and then user doesn't need to bother.

Of course, it is very convenient when users get automatic updates without any warning, in the middle of an important project with approaching deadline, and find a neat regression ruining the whole work....

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-07-22 12:32:59 +0200 )edit
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