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Hi :)
It depends on what you mean by "compatible".  The short answer is
"Yes" but it really depends on what you mean.

Both programs can be open alongside each other even at the same time
as each other with no problems.  An ideal use-case, initially, is to
install LibreOffice on machines that already have MS Office.

If you have both installed then LibreOffice can be used for files in
ODF format and MS Office for MS formats.

LibreOffice also supports many formats that have been dropped by MS
Office so if a file wont open properly in MS Office then there is a
high chance it will open in LibreOffice.  This includes older MS

It also includes files in the current MS format that don't open
because you are using a different version of MS Office from whichever
version the file was written in.  Occasionally LibreOffice might have
trouble with a file in the newest MS format but it's fairly rare.

When LibreOffice saves a file in the newest MS formats it usually
opens fine in all different versions of MS Office, unlike files saved
by MS Office itself.  There are sometimes problems but it's very rare.
 When other office workers have trouble sharing files it's often the
LO user who is able to fix it so that both sides can use the
troublesome file.  However it is better to use the older MS format
(from MS Office 2003 and earlier) because everyone can read that just

MS Office has trouble reading ODF unless you are on the very latest
versions of MS Office, such as 2013 or 365.  Older versions of MS
Office can handle letters, and documents with written words (ie from
Writer) but not spreadsheets.  Note that MS Office also has trouble
with files written in it's own newer formats when written using a
different version of MS Office.  All versions seem to cope with the
older MS format (from MS Office 2003 and before) just fine.

The problems with the MS formats have led people to increasingly rely
on Pdf but that becomes expensive if those files need to be edited.

Use of the ODF 1.2 format seem to becoming MUCH more popular because
it's more reliable and doesn't keep changing.  It's also implemented
exactly as written-up in the ISO specification which is available for
free from OASIS.  So it's a much better format for documents that need
to be stored for the long-term.

So really the question is "what do you mean by 'compatible'"?
Regards from
Tom :)

On 14 March 2014 06:40, Jay Lozier <> wrote:

LO can generate files that are MSO compatible. Occasionally, there are
problems with MSO files with a complex structure. Also, MSO 2013 will read
the ODF files version 1.2 which is the current ODF standard. LO uses ODF as
its default format.

Do you have a specific requirements that you want addressed?

The major compatibility issue is LO does not use the same macro language as
MSO (Visual Basic for Applications - VBA).


On 03/13/2014 08:50 PM, Hamida Begum wrote:

is the program compatible with microsoft office?

Jay Lozier

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