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Private limited company
Industry Software Consulting, Software Products, Open Source
Founded July 2005 (2005-07)
Founder Robert McQueen, Philippe Kalaf and Robert Taylor
Area served
Key people
Philippe Kalaf, Michael Meeks, Guy Lunardi
Products Telepathy Communications framework, GStreamer, Webkit, Blink, DLNA, LibreOffice, Wayland, PulseAudio
Services Open source consultancy and engineering
Number of employees

Collabora is a global private company founded by Robert McQueen, Philippe Kalaf and Robert Taylor based in Cambridge, United Kingdom, with offices in Cambridge and Montreal. It provides open-source consultancy, training and products to companies.[2]

Collabora's initial focus was instant messaging (IM), Voice over IP (VoIP) and videoconferencing technologies, but the company has since expanded its offering to include general multimedia, mobile web technologies, collaboration infrastructure, automotive infotainment platforms, graphics optimization, multimedia interoperability & productivity software. It is one of the main developers of LibreOffice.[3][4][5]

In 2015, the Crown Commercial Service announced the introduction of Collabora GovOffice and Collabora CloudSuite in all non-profit making government organisations.[6]

Projects sponsored or founded by Collabora[edit]

  • LibreOffice: Collabora Productivity sells support and development services on the office suite. The former LibreOffice development team of SUSE joined Collabora in September 2013.[7][8]
The company announced a collaboration with IceWarp to work on LibreOffice Online.[9][10][11]
On 15 December 2015, the company announced partnership with ownCloud and release of CODE (Collabora Online Development Edition), a distribution of LibreOffice Online and ownCloud Server.[12][13]
On 2 June 2016, the company released Collabora Online 1.0 “Engine”, which the company calls the first production grade version of Collabora Online.[14]
On 2 November 2016 , the company released CODE 2.0 which includes "the latest and most requested feature from customers: collaborative editing."[15]
Branded versions of LibreOffice include LibreOffice-From-Collabora, Collabora Office and Collabora GovOffice.
  • GStreamer, a multimedia framework.
  • D-Bus, a free and open-source inter-process communication (IPC) system.
  • PulseAudio, a sound system for POSIX OSes used as the default audio server on most GNU/Linux open source distributions.
  • Wayland and Weston (display server protocols)
  • Linux kernel Bluetooth Subsystem: Collabora employs Gustavo Padovan, the Linux kernel Bluetooth subsystem maintainer[16][17] who also contributes to BlueZ[18]
  • Farstream and Telepathy, a VoIP and collaboration framework created by Collabora founders. Includes the Empathy chat client.
  • Pitivi and GES, a video editor for the free software desktop. Between 2008 and 2009, Collabora's Multimedia division worked on improving Pitivi.[19] The GES library was initially created by Collabora in 2011 to provide video editing capabilities to the MeeGo platform.[20]
  • Maynard, a Weston shell


  1. ^ Collabora People. Retrieved on 2013-07-17.
  2. ^ About us
  3. ^ "Collabora expands with new Multimedia Division". Archived from the original on 2011-08-29. 
  4. ^ "Collabora Productivity targets a marketplace of one billion desktops". Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. 
  5. ^ Mark Wilson (2015-03-25). "LibreOffice moves to the cloud to take on Office Online and Google Docs". 
  6. ^ "Collabora deal will provide savings on Open Source office software". 
  7. ^ "Collabora Productivity targets a marketplace of one billion desktops". 3 September 2013. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "SUSE Partners with Collabora to Deliver Commercial LibreOffice Support". SUSE. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2017. 
  9. ^ "LibreOffice in the browser, revealed in 2011, finally close to reality". Ars Technica. 
  10. ^ "LibreOffice moves to the cloud to take on Office Online and Google Docs". BetaNews. 
  11. ^ Silviu Stahie (20 October 2015). "UK Government Kicks Out Microsoft Office and Adopts LibreOffice". softpedia. 
  12. ^ "Collabora and ownCloud announce Partnership and release CODE for LibreOffice Online developers" (Press release). Collabora Productivity. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Collabora brings LibreOffice Online to ownCloud". ownCloud, Inc. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Collabora Productivity releases Collabora Online 1.0 "Engine" for Hosters and Clouds" (Press release). Collabora Productivity. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 15 June 2016. Collabora Productivity, the driving force behind putting LibreOffice in the Cloud, has released the first production grade version of Collabora Online, its flagship cloud document suite solution. 
  15. ^ "Collabora Online Development Edition 2.0 released - Collabora Productivity". Collabora Productivity. 2016-11-02. Retrieved 2017-03-12. 
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  17. ^ "Bluetooth Subsystem maintainership change". Gustavo Padovan. 
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  19. ^ Christian Schaller. "Supporting Pitivi". Retrieved 2015-10-15. 
  20. ^ Edward Hervey. "Video Editing in your pocket". 

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