Linked by lemur2 on Fri 12th Feb 2010 17:27 UTC
Features, Office OpenOffice 3.2 has been released featuring faster load times and a host of new features. The OpenOffice team have made version 3.2 of the open source office suite for Windows, Mac OS, Linux and Solaris available to download. It offers numerous enhancements over its predecessor which offer both stability and speed benefits.
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RE[4]: 300,000,000 Downloads
by gustl on Tue 16th Feb 2010 22:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 300,000,000 Downloads"
gustl
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ODF is underspecified, if it needs to deal with an implementor whose explicit goal is to have as LITTLE interoperability as possible: Microsoft.

For players who actually want to interoperate it is good enough, and becomes even better with ODF 1.2.

So the only thing for which Microsoft is useful in the ODF landscape ist detection of underspecified stuff in ODF.

I hope OpenOffice gets beyond 50% soon, as this would definitely help with Microsoft's interoperability work.

You can compete with "bad and gratis", but you can't compete with "good and gratis", if your business needs licensing fees for survival.

Inertia and lock-in will keep Microsoft Office going for a long time to come, but eventually it will go the way of WordPerfect.

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RE[5]: 300,000,000 Downloads
by lemur2 on Wed 17th Feb 2010 00:57 in reply to "RE[4]: 300,000,000 Downloads"
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2007-02-17

ODF is underspecified, if it needs to deal with an implementor whose explicit goal is to have as LITTLE interoperability as possible: Microsoft. For players who actually want to interoperate it is good enough, and becomes even better with ODF 1.2. So the only thing for which Microsoft is useful in the ODF landscape ist detection of underspecified stuff in ODF. I hope OpenOffice gets beyond 50% soon, as this would definitely help with Microsoft's interoperability work.


With the momentum that ODF is gathering, with some 600 companies as members of the OpenDocument Foundation and with governments around the world beginning to opt for (and sometimes even mandate) ODF, it is not ODF that will need to deal with Microsoft, but rather it is Microsoft that will need to deal properly with ODF.

You can compete with "bad and gratis", but you can't compete with "good and gratis", if your business needs licensing fees for survival. Inertia and lock-in will keep Microsoft Office going for a long time to come, but eventually it will go the way of WordPerfect.


OpenOffice now has a significant market share, perhaps between 10% and 20% of the market (and growing), with MS Office for all practical purposes having about 70%. Other Office suites of any note perhaps have only approximately 1% each of the remaining 10%-15%.

http://www.webmasterpro.de/portal/news/2010/02/05/international-ope...

MS Office is only available really for one desktop platform, and partially for another. Both platforms are x86 only. OpenOffice is available on virtaully any platform or device.

So right now, today, there are effectively two main Office suites. Only one of them can currently deal adequately with the other's format. OpenOffice can also deal properly with all the other minor players formats.

You do the math.

Edited 2010-02-17 01:08 UTC

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