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IBM Joins OpenOffice.org (The Quick Analysis)

Sep 13, 2007, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Walli)

"From the OpenOffice.org community perspective, I'm guessing Louis Suarez-Potts (OO.o Community Manager) is feeling good to get a new injection of code/energy. This is great for the community. The OpenOffice suite keeps getting better and better, but new blood with new code could provide a much needed boost.

"Overall Sun Microsystems is probably [very] happy IBM is supporting OpenOffice.org directly. This is a much better situation than IBM building some form of ODF development platform inside Eclipse.org to enable ODF over OOXML, with OpenOffice.org hit as collateral damage. [This would be sort of ironic since Eclipse helped to pull the Java centre-of-gravity away from Sun, and Visual Studio was collateral damage (or icing depending upon one's perspective).] Collaboration is the much stronger market play here for Sun and IBM, and most importantly OO.o users and customers..."

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