The Document Foundation has announced that the first beta version for LibreOffice 4.0 is now available for the Linux platform, bringing a lot of bug fixes and improvements.
The Document Foundation has announced that a LibreOffice 4.0 Test Marathon would take place between December 14 and 19. Users from all over the world will be able to test the new beta version of the upcoming LibreOffice 4.0.
According to the developers, the final version of LibreOffice 4.0 will be released in February 2013. This marathon aims to fix a lot of the bugs before the release candidates hit the download pipe.
“The LibreOffice community has organised various bug hunt sessions before, with many people joining, bugs found and tests done. This has contributed considerably to the overall quality of the product.
“Participating is easy and fun. Since the event is lasting a week, everyone may choose the moments that suit them best,” stated The Document Foundation the official announcement. Highlights of LibreOffice 4.0 Beta:
• A new spreadsheet function XOR as defined in ODF OpenFormula has been implemented;
• The performance of ODS document import has been improved;
• Import and export support for native RTF math expressions has been implemented;
• Attaching comments to document text ranges has been enabled;
• The state of the sidebar pane in Impress is now remembered;
• External Edit menu function has been added for bitmaps;
• On all non-Windows platforms a new mork driver implementation is used to access Thunderbird address book;
• Java and advanced options are now combined in Tools > Options > LibreOffice > Advanced.
Check out the official changelog
for a complete list of updates and new features. Download LibreOffice 4.0 Beta
right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.