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PC Magazine: Dvorak: OpenOffice Appears Dept.

Aug 08, 2002, 14:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John C. Dvorak)

[ Thanks to EvilBob for this link. ]

"Much of the recent buzz among computer users has been around the release of the all-free office suite OpenOffice.org 1.0, available for download at www.openoffice.org. This open-source spin-off of Sun's StarOffice might become the biggest threat yet to the Microsoft Office suite monopoly.

"I still give out copies of Software602's popular office suite 602Pro PC Suite 2001 to people who ask me for free software, but the first release of OpenOffice with the presentation graphics module is impressive. Microsoft should be extremely concerned, and I assume the company will find some way to break this software, perhaps with a service patch to Windows XP that 'accidentally' causes weird problems. This will have to be subtle, lest it draw attention to the tactic.

"The problem for Microsoft is that open-source code problems get fixed rather quickly by hordes of eager programmers. This has been the case with Linux servers, and OpenOffice should be no different. Microsoft has only a few alternatives..."

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