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[News] OpenOffice.org Downloads Double in Italy in One Year

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Profoss OpenOffice.org event essay

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| The event was opened by Roberto Galoppini, who talked about the approach and 
| methodology available for a successful OpenOffice.org migration. After an 
| introduction to the OpenOffice.org community and the way OpenOffice.org has 
| been promoted in Italy, with significant results (doubling of download year 
| over year), Roberto went ahead with advices on OpenOffice.org migrations, 
| based on his own experience.     



Just a coincidence?

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| According to Davide Dozza, Chairman of Associazione PLIO: "The numbers are 
| exactly the same. If it's just a coincidence, it's a very strange one. 
| Downloads of the Italian version of OpenOffice.org were 800.000 in 2006 and 
| 1.800.000 in 2007: the difference is exactly in the million of Italians 
| that - according to Microsoft - have downloaded the trial version of Office 
| 2007. We think that these users have decided to switch to OpenOffice.org as 
| soon as they have realized that the effort to get used to the new ribbon 
| interface is higher than the effort to migrate to the open source suite. In 
| 2007, the majority of information requests has been about the compatibility 
| with Windows Vista, and the trend stays unchanged in 2008".         


Microsoft earnings post-mortem: The cash cows quiver

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| I can’t help but wonder if the lackluster Windows/Office results also can be 
| attributed to Microsoft brass’s complete and crazy obsession with Google (and 
| taking over Yahoo) has resulted in no one minding the Windows store. Kevin 
| Johnson, the head of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division seems to be so 
| laser-focused on the online-ad business these days that he almost seems to 
| have forgotten Microsoft is still in the software business, too.     
| Microsoft execs’ claims about walking away from the Yahoo deal are nothing 
| more than bluster. A protracted hostile takeover bid is just going to 
| distract not just employees in Microsoft’s online services business, but 
| company management, too. It’s not a pretty picture.   

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