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Have you seen that someone sells LibreOffice on the Microsoft Store?

asked 2018-07-23 00:45:13 +0100

ivanicin gravatar image

Have you seen that someone sells LibreOffice on the Microsoft Store ?

Can you take it down and also will you publish there the official version?

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Not good! But maybe many will see it and try it. I used M. S. Office for year! I never knew another option was out there.

Mark McLean gravatar imageMark McLean ( 2018-07-23 02:28:03 +0100 )edit

To me this only brings up the question of are there any plans to bring LibreOffice to the Microsoft and/or Mac Store's? If no, why not?

The One X gravatar imageThe One X ( 2018-07-23 03:16:21 +0100 )edit

Do not answer a question unless you give a useful answer.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2018-07-23 08:44:19 +0100 )edit

I don't think that marking this as offensive is right. And why isn't there something useful in the answer? The user expresses the idea that this would raise awareness about LibreOffice existence among Windows Store users; and tells that lack of such information forced the user to use another more expensive product for a year. Don't see a reason for such a harsh reaction...

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-07-23 09:52:34 +0100 )edit

This is a question and answer site about LibreOffice usage. Not a general discussion forum. An answer is a piece of information that is supposed to be useful for the asker and other users. I can't see how the asker or other users (for example me) can benefit from someone telling that he did not know about LO before and knows now. Hence the reaction.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2018-07-23 10:58:07 +0100 )edit

Thanks @Mike Kaganski. I meant to say Years, about 15! Not till my XP was not supported and I found Linux Lite to replace it, which had L. O. in it! I will delete my comments after I know you have seen my thanks, to you! Or will delete later this afternoon. I agree to both above. Am still new here, learning.

Mark McLean gravatar imageMark McLean ( 2018-07-23 11:43:53 +0100 )edit

You don't have to delete. Just repost it as a comment.

gabix gravatar imagegabix ( 2018-07-23 12:00:58 +0100 )edit

Thanks @gabix! I didn't know I could do that. And yes, it is more so a comment.

Mark McLean gravatar imageMark McLean ( 2018-07-23 12:25:34 +0100 )edit

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answered 2018-07-23 06:05:03 +0100

Mike Kaganski gravatar image

updated 2018-07-23 10:33:53 +0100

It is possibly OK and legal. LibreOffice is free, and its license (dual MPLv2/LGPLv3+ as its source code is licensed) does not prohibit redistribution, including for money; the only concern is if the software is redistributed unchanged (which would allow to use the brand) or modified which requires to change the branding (possibly repackaging also qualifies as the change requiring rebranding). The problem with branding is about TDF not being responsible for any problems with modified versions that could arise due to said modifications.

By the way, LibreOffice is present on macOS' AppStore (see this wiki article), and it's backed by a commercial company - Collabora Productivity. The AppStore version is also paid, and the money from that go partly to TDF, and partly to fund features/fixes specific to macOS (see this blog post).

So, in the case of Windows Store, they could in theory follow a similar business model. Anyway, as I said, the only concern here is to check if using the brand is OK there - the application itself, offered for a fee, is perfectly fine there.

See this TDF mark policies for details.

(Disclaimer: this is my own PoV, not an official TDF position. IANAL.)

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answered 2018-07-23 03:05:44 +0100

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I also saw that

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