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[News] OpenOffice.org 3.0 Makes Office Suites a Commodity, Nightmare to Microsoft

  • Subject: [News] OpenOffice.org 3.0 Makes Office Suites a Commodity, Nightmare to Microsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 23:52:40 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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OpenOffice 3.0 a fresh blow for Microsft

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| Microsoft's cash cow Microsoft Office is under further threat with the 
| release of OpenOffice 3.0. 
| Available for Windows, Mac and Linux, the free OpenOffice suite replicates 
| much of the functionality of Microsoft's stalwarts such as Word and Excel. It 
| also reads and writes to Microsoft Office formats and supports the 
| OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.2 standard.   
| As of version 3.0, OpenOffice is now a native application for Mac OSX users, 
| eliminating the need for the X11 X Windows environment.  


New: OOo-DEV 3.0 Developer Snapshot (build DEV300_m36) available

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| Developer Snapshot build OOo-Dev build DEV300_m36 which installs as OOo-DEV 
| 3.0 (should be 3.1) has been uploaded to the mirror network. 


Microsoft is trying desperately to stop this, so its former employees attack
Google Apps/Docs while Novell uses a malicious fork, Go-OO, to hurt Sun.


A look at OpenOffice Community Innovation Award winners

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| Last December, Sun Microsystems first announced the million-dollar Community
| Innovation Program, which aims to encourage innovation in the six open source
| projects that the giant is involved with. Open source office software suite
| Open Office just so happens to be one of those projects, they have announced
| the winners for their Innovation Program contest.


Meeting OpenOffice.org developers

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| Although OpenOffice.org is an open source project with its own community, the
| core team that does the bulk of the actual coding and quality assurance is
| based in Hamburg, Germany. Recently, I had a chance to visit the developers
| behind this key open source project. The Sun offices in Hamburg occupy three
| floors of a rather large business complex in an industrial area not far from
| downtown Hamburg. It's a surprisingly quiet and green area with a couple of
| decent restaurants around, which local businesses, including Sun, use for
| lunch breaks. The atmosphere in Sun's offices was relaxed, and I, in my shirt
| and shiny shoes, was definitely overdressed for the occasion. I was greeted
| by Ocke Janssen, one of three guys responsible for developing the
| OpenOffice.org Base application and the sole developer of the Sun Report
| Builder extension. He was later joined by Christoph Lukasiak, who manages the
| QA community.


OpenOffice.org overwhelmed by demand for version 3.0

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| Eager beavers keen to get their hands on the long-awaited arrival of version
| 3.0 of OpenOffice.org are currently unable to download the free, open
| source-flavoured suite of office apps because demand has broken the website.


Open Office vs. MS Office - the Other Key to Windows/Linux Transition

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| So, if your excuse for not giving Linux a try was that you needed to be able
| to work with your Office documents... well, you just ran out of excuses.
| Think of what you will gain, too! No more suffering through all the
| gratuitous menu/toolbar/button changes that Microsoft makes in every new
| Office release. No more suffering through incompatible file formats between
| releases, which Microsoft seems to do every two or three releases - this is
| the second time it has happened that I can recall, and I assume that the
| recent OOXML debacle means that there is another change coming in the next
| Office release. Best of all, no more having to pay to upgrade to the new
| version every time Microsoft sees fit.


The State of Kedah moves to OpenOffice.org

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| A case study submitted to the Open Source Competency Center by the Center of
| Information Technology, Office of the Chief Minister and State Secretary of
| Kedah, has indicated that OpenOffice.org has been installed in 70% of the
| computers in the Kedah state government agencies. There are currently 2,202
| installed seats and by the looks of it, the numbers will just keep rising!


announcing the winner of the splash screen poll

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| I'd like to announce the winner of the splash screen poll. We had a total of
| 789 votes, which is a quite good count! The winner is


The entire State of Pahang moves to OpenOffice.org

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| Its just been made official that the State of Pahang is migrating all its
| productivity suites to OpenOffice.org. This succint memo from the State
| Secretary of Pahang entitled "Perlaksanaan Penggunaan Perisian OpenOffice.Org
| Di Semua Agensi dan Pentadbiran Negeri" (translated: "Implementation of
| OpenOffice.org suite in all State Agencies and Administrative centres")
| outlines the reasons for migrating, the benefits and how to proceed.


90 things that are the same in Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org

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| I've put together three articles, showing tasks that are the same between
| Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org.


The Fall of Microsoft Office

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| On the same day that the state of New York published a report supporting open
| formats for electronic documents, mighty Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) said that
| it would support the open-source ODF format in Office 2007. Redmond's own
| Open Office XML specification may be heading for the great Recycle Bin in the
| sky, never to come back.
| [...]
| I can't say that Google or Sun or anybody else just won a bigger share of the
| office software market, and if they did, it won't help their revenue or
| profits directly anyway. But it's clear as day that Microsoft just took a
| serious hit, and the impact may take a long time to make itself felt but it
| will come.


Is Microsoft Office in trouble?

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| And, now Microsoft isn't hurrying to support its own format, but it is moving
| to support PDF and ODF... Could it be that all those copies of Office 2007
| Microsoft boasts of selling are collecting dust at reseller and retailer
| warehouses instead of being used on office systems? Could users be sticking
| with their older copies of Office and when they do want to move to something
| newer, they're moving to OpenOffice and Google instead?
| Interesting isn't it?


Microsoft can’t support Open XML

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| If Microsoft can’t give users a compelling reason to switch from their old
| version of Office to Office 14 their cash-flow is going to slow down
| considerably.


Is Office the new Netscape?

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| One of the cornerstones of Microsoft's competitive strategy over the years
| has been to redefine competitors' products as features of its own products.
| Whenever some upstart PC software company started to get traction with a new
| application - the Netscape browser is the most famous example - Microsoft
| would incorporate a version of the application into its Office suite or
| Windows operating system, eroding the market for the application as a
| standalone product and starving its rival of economic oxygen (ie, cash). It
| was an effective strategy as well as a controversial one.
| Now, though, the tables may be turning. Google is trying to pull a Microsoft
| on Microsoft by redefining core personal-productivity applications -
| calendars. word processing, spreadsheets, etc. - as features embedded in
| other products. There's a twist, though. Rather than just incorporating the
| applications as features in its own products, Google is offering them up to
| other companies, particularly big IT vendors, to incorporate as features in
| their products.


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.


Open Office sweeps Sourceforge awards

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| This must have left a mark on Microsoft.
| Microsoft was the diamond sponsor for this year’s Sourceforge Community
| Choice Awards, culminating last night in a party at the Jupiter Hotel in
| Portland.
| The big winner? Open Office. It swept the awards for top project, top
| enterprise project, and top project in education.

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