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IBM and OpenOffice.org: An Interview with IBM's Doug Heintzman

Sep 12, 2007, 21:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Q: In an InfoWorld interview you gave earlier today, you noted that the failure of OOXML to achieve adoption in the first phase of JTC1 voting influenced the timing of today's announcement. What effect, if any, did Google's inclusion of StarOffice 8 in its Google Pack have on IBM's decision?

"A: None whatsoever. We've been speaking with members of the OpenOffice community for most of the last 16 to 18 month to see how we could work more closely with that community. In other words, this is a project that we've been moving towards joining for a very long time. We've also been working with Google and other industry players to see what the greater potential of this project could be..."

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