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NewsFactor: Foot in the Door for Open Source?

Oct 02, 2003, 04:00 (5 Talkback[s])
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"There is no question about it: As far as David-and-Goliath scenarios go, the scrappy open-source office applications that have taken on mighty Microsoft Office could not have picked a seemingly more invincible foe. Bill Gates' silicon empire is just about as powerful and wealthy a corporate organization as has ever existed. Next to it, outfits like OpenOffice, StarOffice and Corel Office look like ragtag guerilla fighters and, frankly, kind of puny.

"But it is not necessarily wise to write off the skinny kid with the sling quite yet. Though Microsoft's Office applications hold a lead in the business market that would daunt General George S. Patton, open-source office applications are doing better in the SMB (small to mid-size business) markets than experts expected.

"'The bottom line is that, where the market is right now, I don't see huge traction for OpenOffice or StarOffice. But, that said, I think you will see pockets where those products make sense,' Jupiter Research senior analyst Joe Wilcox told NewsFactor..."

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