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OpenOffice - splits and pirouettes

Jul 07, 2011, 21:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

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"Unusually for an open source project, OpenOffice.org had its roots in a reasonably successful proprietary office 'productivity' suite, StarOffice, which was marketed by a German company, StarDivision. StarDivision was purchased by Sun Microsystems in August 1999.

"An office suite was not an obvious fit for Sun's business. Sun was a hardware company. Its primary business was back room servers, and two or three years earlier had even banished the use of PowerPoint from its offices. 'We had 12.9 gigabytes of PowerPoint slides on our network,' Scott McNealy told the San Jose Mercury in August, 1997. '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.'"

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