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Developer Tricks Microsoft into Selling an Unauthorized Version of Open Source LibreOffice in the Microsoft Store

Developer Tricks Microsoft into Selling an Unauthorized Version of Open Source LibreOffice in the Microsoft Store

According to reporting on BleepingComputer, the LibreOffice opensource Microsoft Office-compatible suite that showed up in the Microsoft app store recently, is not entirely on the up-and-up. LibreOffice is generally a free offering due to its Open Source roots. However, the Microsoft store version was being sold for $2.99 cents – which was immediately noted as unusual.

According to the Document Foundation, the offering is not official.

“The Document Foundation has been made aware of an unofficial version of LibreOffice on the Windows Store. We are investigating further, but we want to be clear: this is not an official version created by The Document Foundation, so the app’s page is misleading. The only official source of the software (which can be downloaded for free, i.e. without any cost for the end user) is LibreOffice website: https://www.libreoffice.org. lso, the money from the Windows Store version is not collected by The Document Foundation.”

The developer clearly used Microsoft’s own conversion tools to create a UWP version of LibreOffice and submitted to Microsoft for approval to be included as a store download.

Its not clear what will happen here, but it does bring up an interesting issue where developers can convert Open Source content and publish as their own.


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