Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Apr 2011 21:27 UTC
Features, Office Over the weekend, Oracle basically announced its defeat in the competition with the community-created fork of OpenOffice, LibreOffice. Oracle will cease all commercial development of OpenOffice, and will turn it into a purely community-based project.
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RE: Defeat?
by SamuraiCrow on Tue 19th Apr 2011 01:51 UTC in reply to "Defeat?"
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Many governments outside the USA don't like giving money to a large corporation that pays most of its taxes to another country. This means they go out of their way to install free alternatives.

The fact remains that the ISO is still looking for details in the OOXML formats to make other programs able to generate those files. This includes the .DOCX file format. In the meantime, OpenDocument file formats are clear enough to allow other programs such as AbiWord to generate somewhat compliant files to the standard.

Microsoft may only have a hollow victory if they lose government contracts to open-source competitors due to standards non-compliance. God knows that the USA needs more businesses and so on, but it looks like the government is getting most of the jobs at this point and it (USA) can only go downhill from here.

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