Why has the profile directory location changed since LibreOffice 3.5?

Many workarounds when debugging and troubleshooting suggest removing the profile directory to reset all parameters of the application. In this answer there is mention of LibreOffice 3.5.0 now using ~/.config/libreoffice instead of ~/.libreoffice.

Why did this change? Has this changed for all OSs or only GNU/Linux?

It did change because ~/.config is a not-so-new-anymore standard for configuration settings on linux: http://www.freedesktop.org/wiki/Specifications/basedir-spec

And it did not change for Windows (although different versions of windows use different paths - see also http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/UserProfile), and did not change for Mac OSX

Thank you!