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Microsoft Office Clone Updates Interface, Improves File Support

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Kingsoft Office for Linux has been updated with an improved theme, new icons and improved file support.

The entire suite of applications are still in active development on Linux, but the makers, Chinese software outfit Kingsoft, are said to be pushing hard on development following the news that Ubuntu-based distro ‘Ubuntu Kylin’ was to become the ‘official OS of China’.

And this work is showing in the latest preview builds. The interface of each application has been refreshed, with a new look called ‘Ongmani’ now default. Other themes are available, including the Windows Aero theme used by previous builds.

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The icons have also been changed, no-longer looking like they were lifted straight from the Windows desktop. This subtle ‘de-Windows-izing’ of each application extends to various parts of the ‘Ribbon’.

A language selection prompt has been added on first-run. This fixes the biggest issue many non-Chinese users had with previous builds which required a hacky workaround to enable English.

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Elsewhere:

  • Sidebar has been reworked to offer more options
  • Additional file support for: TXT, CSV, PRN, XML
  • XLSX file encryption and decryption support

Download Kingsoft Office for Linux

You can download the latest development release of WPS Office below. Note that the .deb installer below is for 32bit Ubuntu but it can be installed on 64bit using ia32-libs.

Download WPS Office for Linux (32bit .Deb)