Kolab Systems and Collabora Productivity will produce the first 100% open source, enterprise-grade cloud Office Suite.

kolabZürich, Switzerland – 30 January 2016.

Kolab Systems, creators of Kolab, the leading open source groupware and collaboration framework, today announced a partnership with Collabora Productivity, the architects behind LibreOffice Online, the cloud-based office productivity suite.

Collabora’s CloudSuite web-based document solution will be available as an integrated component in Kolab. The integration of Cloud Suite into Kolab will allow users to work on documents simultaneously using a full-featured online office suite from within the Kolab collaboration suite. Users will be able to compose text documents, fill in spreadsheets, and design presentations together, even when in different locations from each other. Documents can later be saved in the most common formats, including Microsoft compatible formats and the Open Document ISO-approved format. The CloudSuite offering also comes with Collabora Office, a professional LibreOffice distribution, for offline use on the desktop.


CloudSuite complements Kolab’s integrated editor which is also gaining collaborative editing capabilities. Users will be able to cooperate in real-time composing emails, setting agendas for meetings, or adding contacts to distribution lists before sharing their work with colleagues and clients. The integration of these two products means the companies will be able to leverage synchronized cooperative features across the board of all their office productivity tools.

“For too long, closed and insecure solutions have been the industry standard for office and groupware productivity.” said Kolab System’s CEO, Georg Greve. “With this partnership Collabora and Kolab are taking the lead, not only with bleeding edge technological innovation and an office stack with full, user-friendly and comprehensive collaborative features, but also with a product that respects users’ freedoms, protects their privacy, and guarantees their work will not be locked away in proprietary formats.”

“Collabora Productivity is delighted to provide a key building block in Kolab’s comprehensive, new offering” said Michael Meeks, General Manager at Collabora Productivity. “Kolab Systems have been a leading light in open source for many years and we look forward to supporting their ambitious growth plans in the enterprise sector and beyond”.

The first version of Kolab with integrated CloudSuite functionality is scheduled to appear in the second quarter of 2016.

If you are interested in receiving pre-release information and early access to Kolab with integrated CloudSuite, please contact sales@kolabsystems.com or sales@collaboraoffice.com.

About Kolab Systems AG.
Kolab Systems AG is an Open Source Independent Software Vendor (ISV) developing, maintaining, supporting and providing a wide range of services around the Kolab Groupware Solution. Fully committed to software freedom and Open Standards, it is the global competency leader and custodian for a process open to community participation. The results of that process reach our customers as a quality assured solution that brings all the benefits of Free Software. Part of a company group that excels in security and cross platform solutions, Kolab Systems is prepared to provide you with the level of mission critical data integrity you deserve.

Learn more about Kolab Systems at http://kolabsys.com
Or try out Hosted Kolab at https://MyKolab.com

About Collabora Productivity:
Collabora Productivity is the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, providing a range of products and consulting to enterprise and government. Powered by the largest team of certified LibreOffice engineers in the world, it is a leading contributor to the LibreOffice codebase and community. Collabora Office for Desktop and CloudSuite provide a business-hardened office suite with long-term, multi-platform support. Collabora Productivity is a division of Collabora, the global software consultancy dedicated to providing the benefits of Open Source to the commercial world, specialising in mobile, automotive and consumer electronics industries. For more information, visit www.collaboraoffice.com or follow @CollaboraOffice on Twitter.

CODE updates

code-logoGreat news for everyone interested in LibreOffice Online! We have updated the Collabora Online Development Edition (CODE), including new features and fixing some bugs. Two of the new features are very cool: shared editing and transitions and animations for presentations!

Shared Editing

Multiple people can have the same file open at the same time and share its editing. See the animated gif below for an example. Shared editing works in text documents, presentations and spreadsheets, but it has one important limitation. There is currently only one cursor which is being shared. But the good news is that full collaborative editing is coming later this year and this limitation will not exist anymore!


Transitions and animations presentations

Online-Office-Suites-presentation-transitions-and-animations-comparison-chart.pdf_-_2016-01-18_14.01.18A long list of transitions and animations are implemented with this last update. Just check out this comparison chart to see how we compare with Microsoft PowerPoint Online and Google Sheets. Adding or modifying transitions and animations is still on the roadmap, but visualisation is very advanced! Want to try it for yourself? Download the demo file.

Other improvements

  • Drag and drop HTML and/or images to documents
  • Ctrl + Alt + C to insert a comment
  • Ctrl + F1 to view cell comment
  • Button for Zoom 100%
  • Add / Delete / Duplicate slides
  • File – Download as… uses the original file name
  • Fixed typing bug to update the correct sheet
  • Fixed Insert Image to Impress
  • Fixed column/row header problems in Calc

How to update

Your VM updates automatically. If you don’t see the changes in the menus (like the Zoom to 100% button), do a hard refresh that reloads the JavaScript files. Didn’t download CODE yet? Head out to the CODE page and get your own VM today!