Thursday, 21 July 2016 12:10

Nextcloud, Collabora partner on Office in the cloud

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Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has announced a partnership with Collabora, a company involved in commercialising the LibreOffice suite.

Nextcloud announced on Wednesday AEST that the two companies would offer Collabora Online Office — as Collabora's implementation of LibreOffice is called in the cloud for both personal and business use.

This offering would be a full cloud document suite, able to handle all major document, presentations and spreadsheet formats, and also provide privacy and security.

The "shared editing" capability will allow teams to see changes of one editor in real time, avoiding editing and versioning conflicts and complementing the built-in secure chat and WebRTC video conferencing in Nextcloud.

Last year, ownCloud, the company that was forked to form Nextcloud, offered integration of LibreOffice in the cloud. However ownCloud lost its US funding when Nextcloud split off, and it is just getting back on its feet in Germany, having secured fresh funds.

Nextcloud community manager Jos Poortvliet was quoted in a media release as saying: "Together we are expanding the Collabora Online Development Edition to make it available as an easy to user Docker image for simple deployment of an easy-to-use, up-to-date Online Office solution integrated in Nextcloud for anybody. At the same time, Nextcloud and Collabora announce availability of our joint offering for our enterprise customers."

Veteran open source developer Michael Meeks, who is the general manager for Collabora Productivity, said: "Nextcloud is a community focused project. Making a secure and up-to-date solution for online document editing available to everybody was a key concern for their community and we're proud to have been able to deliver that together with Nextcloud."

The managing director of Nextcloud, Frank Karlitsche, said: "Working with Collabora and the LibreOffice community enables us to provide a great solution to our enterprise customers. We're proud to partner with Collabora the creators of LibreOffice Online to enable our community and customers to run their own Online Office suite."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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