Software & Apps Apps LibreOffice 5.0.5 Represents Most Robust, Stable Version Yet Jumping in with LibreOffice 5 at this stage could save you time and money By Cindy Grigg Writer Cindy Grigg is a former freelance contributor to Lifewire and a productivity writer who teaches Microsoft Office software to students and pros. our editorial process Cindy Grigg Updated March 24, 2019 LibreOffice 5.0.5 Still Release Offers Stability. Hero Images / Getty Images Apps Best Apps Tweet Share Email The Document Foundation has announced a stable version of LibreOffice 5 appropriate for implementation in businesses and organizations: LibreOffice 5.0.5. LibreOffice is a free, robust alternative to more expensive office software suites such as Microsoft Office. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet program, presentation program, and more. This represents the fifth version or release in LibreOffice 5, which means many of the major bugs are worked out. That means this could be a great time to jump in with LibreOffice 5 if you have not already. What to Expect from This Stable Version This is the "still version", which many LibreOffice users already understand is different than previous versions, such as the "fresh version". If you are new to how LibreOffice rolls out updates, it can be worth understanding the terminology and schedule. For that, please check out: All About LibreOffice and When to Expect the Next Version of LibreOffice. Are you absolutely new to LibreOffice? Considering the Free LibreOffice Suite? Here is What It Looks Like, and Top Features in LibreOffice. New and Stabilized Features in This Version The best way to get a feel for what is updated in version 5.0.5 is to visit the community post listings. These are referred to as change logs. For this version, search through both RC1 and RC2. Another Refresh: The Document Foundation's LibreOffice Website Here's another update to the LibreOffice community, found in a statement from The Document Foundation's blog: "We have also reorganized contents, to simplify the navigation. We now have a menu bar with the following items: Foundation (Statutes, Financials and Affiliations), Governance (Foundation Bodies and History), Community, Certification, Get Help (Professional Support) and Contacts. With the overhaul of the TDF website, we have now renovated all project’s web properties." New to LibreOffice? Here's How to Try It, for Free! As mentioned, LibreOffice is free to download, even if you plan on doing so for many machines in your organization. Find the straight-forward download through the official LibreOffice site. A Note on Large Software Deployments Switching from other office software brands to LibreOffice can be tricky when endeavored on a large scale. For that reason, The Document Foundation asks that you take advantage of its network of certified migration professionals. These are consultants, trainers, and other helpful teams you can reach out to in order to avoid as many hiccups as possible. Find this on the LibreOffice Professional Support site (search for Professional Level 3 support offerings). If you are interested in setting up an extended support plan, check out LibreOffice Long Term Support options. Is LibreOffice Really Free? The Document Foundation offers its software for free but asks for support from those who can. Here's a statement from their blog: "LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org. They can also buy LibreOffice merchandise from the brand new project shop:http://documentfoundation.spreadshirt.net/."