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OpenOffice.org - The Fun Has Gone?

Jan 30, 2009, 11:33 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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""PowerPoint corrupts absolutely

"In August 1997 McNealy famously declared to the San Jose Mercury: "We had 12.9 gigabytes of PowerPoint slides on our network. And I thought, 'What a huge waste of corporate productivity'. So we banned it. And we've had three unbelievable record-breaking fiscal quarters since. Now I would argue that every company in the world, if it would just ban PowerPoint, would see its earnings skyrocket. Employees would stand around going: 'What do I do? Guess I've got to go to work'."

"An office productivity suite was not the most obvious purchase for Sun Microsystems, and many commentators assumed that the acquisition of StarDivision was a stab at Microsoft and an attempt to undermine Office, Microsoft's primary source of revenue. A more generous interpretation assumes that Sun's sponsorship of Java, the GNOME desktop, the Mozilla Foundation, and OpenOffice.org is part of a longer term strategy to push UNIX and Linux based thin clients into the data centre, manifesting Sun's long held mantra that "The Network is the Computer.""

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