Today, The Document Foundation (TDF) announced the release of LibreOffice on Apple’s Mac App Store. Along with the release, TDF also announced that it will begin to charging for the software, pricing it at $8.99. While this isn’t a large sum for an office suite, it might come as a bit of surprise for some, as the software was previously free. The open source software suite was first released in 2011, and since that time TDF has not charged for the it. The firm announced that the money made from the software will be invested to support future development.
“ We are grateful to Collabora for having supported LibreOffice on Apple’s Mac App Stores for quite a long time. The objective is to fulfill the needs of individual and enterprise users in a better way, although we know that the positive effects of the change will not be visible for some time. Educating enterprises about FOSS is not a trivial task and we have just started our journey in this direction.”
The previous version of the app that was supported by the aforementioned Collabora came at a cost. The firm charged $10 for the standard version of the app, but also offered technical support for three years. So while LibreOffice was sold in the past, this new version on the Mac App Store will be TDF’s first time putting it up for sale. With the release of LibreOffice on the App Store, TDF will now attempt to draw a clear line between its consumer and business segments.