Open 365. The open source alternative to Office 365 and Google Docs

We present to you Open 365. An open source alternative to Office 365. For those who do not know, Open 365 works as a creator or editor of documents, which in turn allows them to be synchronized in the cloud. It can be used with browsers of machines that handle Linux, Windows and Mac, and for mobile devices with Android systems, soon for iOS. It is currently in Beta phase, but if you want to try it, the entrance to its official page is currently available to logged.


Open 365 as we said before, offers the possibility of synchronizing files between devices that handle cloud storage technology. In addition, it allows you to view, edit and create documents in the cloud using the technology provided by the open source package. LibreOffice online. The inclusion of sea ​​file; the cloud storage service. AND KDE; in conjunction with its suite of apps for contact management and video chat.


To gain access to these tools it is necessary to register for the service on the official website. When you are registered in the service, you will be assigned an email automatically, so that you can log in with it. Already registered you will have at your disposal 20 GB of storage, quite a lot if you compare it with other similar services. What is not clear yet, is whether these 20 GB of space will be available only during the trial period. Although we don't know Open 365 can be used without problems to give it the go-ahead.


After registration, and the service is open, you will be able to see during startup how the "Hub" view loads automatically. During this, all the libraries are displayed and by default they are shared with your team. Libraries or files may be deleted or shared online. There will be the possibility of creating new libraries on the web, having the option to encrypt the content to give more security to the stored information.


You will only have access to this information if you enter a password, which is not linked to the password of the account for login. The files will open automatically in the web interface presented by the browser in use.

You will have access to the content of each folder on the web, having compatibility with more popular file formats. These can be shared, like libraries, to individual users or to groups.

5 Among other tools are has an image viewer that will allow you to view any image you want, thanks to the fact that this is compatible with the most used formats. Additionally, a media player for videos and audio is available.

Open 365 loads any kind of office file in the web interface. The reading of the document is loaded immediately and it can be edited or printed if the user so wishes. Editing the document can be saved online or on your computer. It is quite simple to use and for those who handle libreOffice, the work environment will be very comfortable and similar. The documents can also be exported with the original format or with a different one, as long as it is compatible with the service. It is worth saying that the editor takes a few seconds to load online, so you have to wait a bit during this process.


If we talk about the synchronization, during this the expected functions are executed, such as adding, dropping or dragging cfolders that want to be synced to the cloud. You can rename the Library and enable the encryption before syncing. Folders are also automatically converted to libraries when added to the sync client. For all this, different options will be available for synchronization and the desktop client. Among the available settings it is possible to download and upload speed limits, configure the service; This should be done when removing a library from a local directory or when a library cannot be found on the server. And finally the deactivation of http synchronization.

Open 365 for all the mentioned is the option on the line for those who want to work with the editing of files in an environment similar to libreOfffice. With a cloud storage space you were quite large, it is an interesting alternative that is worth trying.

If you want to know for which systems the download of the service is available you can access this link:

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  1.   HO2Gi said

    I've been testing it, it is very slow compared to other services, I hope they improve the service. Great news.

  2.   Robert Ronconi said

    What is very bad is that it does not have a 32-bit Linux client !!!

  3.   Leo said

    I am already using it in Opensuse and it is quite stable for being Beta. It is true that it has to improve, it is beta, but in my opinion it started very well

  4.   pepper said

    I mean, can you embed spreadsheets and documents on a website?

  5.   Acapulkito said

    Tried it, but it hangs. Now I can't uninstall it on ubuntu. Any suggestions on how to do it?