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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Office Fails to Meet Promises and Deadlines

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Ballmer: Office 14 not this year

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| However, last year, more than a few times execs slipped up and indicated 
| Office 14 would ship in 2009. 
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=2116


Recent:

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.
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http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffice/2008/06/90-things-that-are-the-same-in-microsoft-office-and-openofficeorg.html


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.
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http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2008/05/27/the-fall-of-microsoft-office.aspx


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?
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/is_microsoft_office_in_trouble


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.
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http://practical-tech.com/business/microsoft-cant-support-open-xml/


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.
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http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2008/05/one_of_the_corn.php


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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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1362


OpenOffice.org: OpenOffice.org gets its Extensions, just like Firefox!

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| The OpenOffice.org Italian Association announced that more than 100
| Extensions nowadays are available for download.
|
| Everyone now can go and choose from a variety of different extensions,
| adjusting OpenOffice.org to her needs.
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http://robertogaloppini.net/2008/06/09/openofficeorg-openofficeorg-gets-its-extensions-just-like-firefox/
http://tinyurl.com/5zrcd9
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