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koffice 2.1KOffice 2.1 was released yesterday, bringing a number of new features as well as general improvements in the maturity of the individual applications. Import and export of foreign file formats have been given an overhaul, and especially the import filters for Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt) and Word (.doc) have been much improved. This is a result of the work done for the Nokia n900 Office viewers.

This KOffice release is aimed at developers and early adopters and it's not indended for end users. Also, the KOffice developers do not recommend packaging KOffice 2.1 in any Linux distribution as a default office suite.

To see all the release changes and improvements, visit the KOffice announcement.

Starting with the KOffice 2 series, the office suite is provided by the KDE on Windows project. Users of the integrated installer have to just select KOffice on the list of applications. Visit windows.kde.org/download.php to find installation instructions.

Download KOffice 2.1

(K)Ubuntu users can install KOffice by adding the Kubuntu backports PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

And then:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Please note that the above PPA contain backports of new versions of KDE and major KDE apps for Kubuntu which are not yet tested enough to go to Ubuntu Backports. So upgrade the packages at your own risk!