I have stumbled on free software when I was 50, searching for an alternative to Microsoft Office. I was fed up with Microsoft Outlook, the worst piece of software ever developed. I am now over 60, and after ten years in the free software trenches, I have some ideas to share.

LibreOffice is available on the iPad and Chromebooks thanks to rollApp

Berlin, December 30, 2013 – The Document Foundation is happy to acknowledge that the most recent version of LibreOffice – the best free office suite ever – is available on the iPad and Chromebooks as a cloud application, thanks to rollApp online virtualization technology:

rollApp iPad and Chromebook users don’t download or install the software, as they access LibreOffice inside the browser. rollApp streams an on-demand copy of the office application from its cloud architecture down to the iPad and Chromebooks and allows to work with files (open, save, and edit documents) directly in the cloud storage: Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.

“LibreOffice’s powerful range of document management capabilities plus rollApp’s smart virtualization technology offer our customers and LibreOffice users a new and intelligent way to be more productive on both iPad and Chromebook,” said Vlad Pavlov, rollApp Founder and CEO. “We also want to thank LibreOffice power users for their contribution to helping us to deliver LibreOffice productivity suite on iPad and Chromebook.”

rollApp’s productivity suite debuted in April 2012 by demonstrating how its online virtualization technology can run office applications on the iPad in the cloud. rollApp offers software-on-demand service that delivers existing software to virtually any web-browser-equipped computing or mobile device over broadband/3G/4G/LTE.

About rollApp

rollApp Inc. is a privately held cloud computing technology company with headquarters in Palo Alto, California. rollApp focuses on developing virtualization technology that makes it possible to use a web browser for running desktop applications on any device. More information about rollApp is available at

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  • Alessandro Lorenzi December 31, 2013, 12:25 am

    This is a sort of vnc connection to a remote server. This isn’t responsive at all.

  • Anthony venable January 4, 2014, 4:56 am

    This is something I have waited for for quite some time and I didn’t really know what to expect, yet when I tried the online LibreOffice on my IPad Boy was I in for a treat! I really liked it even though it will take more time for me to get the hang of it. I have no doubt that it will work out just fine.

  • Markus January 25, 2014, 12:21 pm

    Fernapp allows you to do something similar. With it you can access any Linux desktop application remotely through a web browser. Fernapp works nicely with Libreoffice (and is currently mainly tested against it). Not much work is left for a 1.0 release and the next big feature will be a HTML5 client. A prototype iPad client already exists.

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