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NewsForge: OpenOffice.org as a 2-year-old: Still Aiming to Catch MS Office

Oct 16, 2002, 17:30 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"In the battle of the office suites, where there's Microsoft Office and everything else, OpenOffice.org claims 8.5 million downloads in the past two years and near compatibility with MS Office. We thought the second birthday would be a good excuse to chat with Sam Hiser of the OpenOffice.org Marketing Project about the state of the project and of office suite competition.

"NewsForge: How prevalent do you believe OpenOffice.org use to be? I'd imagine the everyday use is somewhere between the 8.5 million downloads and the 70,000 registered users.

"Hiser: That's not a bad range. A conservative estimate would place the number of users of OpenOffice.org 1.0 at 2 to 5 million. Now, that excludes any units of StarOffice 6.0..."

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