Bruce Byfield reflects on the office suite:
“Should a modern office suite continue to resemble one from two decades ago? Or has the expectations and experience of users changed so much that we need to re-examine the assumptions we have lived with for so long?”
see Rethinking the office suite – Linux Magazine Online.
He has some reasonable observations but IMHO office suites work well. They are more or less perfected. There’s no reason at all for restructuring or slapping on rafts of new features. That’s M$’s business-plan to force constant updates/new licence-sales. We don’t need that with LibreOffice. Improving its efficiency, fixing bugs and making small changes to UI/features make sense. Rethinking to the extent of adding “the ribbon” or linking to clouds is not needed and not useful. We can run an office suite as a thin client already. What more do we need?
If I wanted a few more frills for LibreOffice it would be tiny changes like setting styles for charts (I don’t like the default fonts. They are too small for my eyes.). I should be able to set those once and forget them without rebuilding from source. LibreOffice was great on its first release and new features are fringes on a saddle.