Home Messages Index
[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
Author IndexDate IndexThread Index

[News] [Rival] Microsoft Office Suffocated by FOSS, ODF, and SaaS Competition

Hash: SHA1

Microsoft Needs to Fully Embrace the Future

,----[ Quote ]
| For now, according to the BW article, Microsoft will continue to deliver its 
| core Office package as server-based package while offering a free neutered 
| online version. Some may embrace the free one because they are dealing with a 
| known commodity, but many have likely switched already to another vendor and 
| won't give it a look. Microsoft could go all the way here and offer a tiered 
| online pricing model and compete directly with Google at something it does 
| well, but it's afraid of costs spiraling out of control and killing their 
| cash cow.       


KOffice 2 Receives its First Update

,----[ Quote ]
| Today, exactly one month since the release of KOffice 2.0.0, the KOffice team 
| releases the first bugfix release in the 2.0 series. This release contains no 
| new features but lots of bugfixes for almost all of the components in KOffice 
| 2.0. We are planning at least two more bugfix releases of 2.0 before starting 
| the 2.1 series in October this year.    


New Release of Oxygen XML Editor and Oxygen XML Author version 10.3


COPU 2009: Community Matters: Participation, Production, and Sponsorship 

,----[ Quote ]
| Nevertheless, one still needs the political infrastructure in order to 
| constitute a Foss community that has any chance of sustaining itself. Mere 
| spirit won't do it in the long run. This means that there must be in place 
| the mechanisms by which any member of the project can communicate to another 
| and freely discuss project matters with the expectation that discussions have 
| effect and are not just politely ignored. As well, it is generally important, 
| though I no longer think it requisite, that members have a sense 
| of “ownership” in the community or at least in what they are doing. It's a 
| feature more important in some areas than others, and as Foss continues to 
| move away from its origins in the West and find welcome homes in Asia and 
| Africa and India, that model becomes less essential.          
| All the same, this is just another way of saying that what global 
| participatory communities need is a structure of governance that can 
| accommodate difference within the community itself. Governance means here the 
| guidelines by which authority is coordinated. Given the global nature of, 
| especially, large Foss projects, or even smaller ones (the Internet knows now 
| boundaries), flexibility is crucial―but so are guidelines that ensure 
| impartiality and nullify arbitrariness.      


ODF Plugfest

,----[ Quote ]
| We had an ODF Plugfest last week in the Hague. Although we've had 
| interoperability workshops and camps before that attracted a handful of 
| vendors, this was the first one that had nearly universal participation from 
| ODF vendors. I'm not going to recap the details of the plugfest. Others have 
| done that already. But I will share with you some of my conclusions, based on 
| long discussions with other participants, from whose insights I have greatly 
| benefited.      




Openoffice.org: 7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do

,----[ Quote ]
| Even though OpenOffice.org - which is, yes, an application suite, not just a
| Web site - can’t do everything Office can, it can do a lot, and it has some
| of its own tricks that even Office can’t manage. Here are a few that may not
| be obvious, as well as a few ways to make OpenOffice.org less annoying out of
| the box.


Finally: Anti Aliasing is done for OOo 3.1!

,----[ Quote ]
| Fast enough methods for Anti-Aliasing on all systems had to be evaluated. All
| this had to be done in a compatible manner, migrating the 'living' office
| over that time. All in all, about 500.000 lines of code were
| changed/rewritten (CWSes aw024, aw033, aw059). Doesn't sound like a dead
| project, does it? If You are interested in more details, You may follow the
| task's description and its discussions and links.


Heads up for users of bidirectional and CTL text

,----[ Quote ]
| OpenOffice.org 3.1 will have quite a lot of improvements. Especially advances
| in the internationalization (I18N) infrastructure are very important in a
| product with over a hundred localizations (L10N). OOo is used all over the
| world by millions of users and we really want to provide the office
| productivity suite of choice for everyone.statcounter


OpenOffice 3.0.1 Released

,----[ Quote ]
| The OpenOffice.org project team have released OpenOffice 3.0.1 to the general
| public. Version 3.0.1 for Windows was leaked early by FileHippo on Monday,
| but now is officially available for download from the OpenOffice.org website
| and its mirrors. The new release of the open source office suite includes
| several bug fixes to repair some of the more major issues, such as fixing
| when auto-recovery does not recover the previously auto-saved document
| version, but the last one which was regularly saved, along with other smaller
| fixes.


New Chart features in OpenOffice.org 3.1

,----[ Quote ]
| Interested in the new Chart features that will be available in OOo 3.1? Have
| a look...


Making menus a little nicer

,----[ Quote ]
| So now that code freeze for 3.1 is almost upon us, work for 3.2 begins. As a
| first little step I looked through some old issues and noticed Issues 42227
| and 48965 which I must admit went a little under in the load of my intray.
| The problem described in there is basically an aesthetic one: currently menus
| reserve two "columns" for checkmarks and item images, because menu items can
| be checked as well as have an image and both should be reflected of course in
| the display. But this creates a large area where most of the time nothing
| appears on the left of the menu, making the menu look clunkier than
| necessary.


New Features in OpenOffice.org 3.1, an Early Look

,----[ Quote ]
| OpenOffice.org 3.1 is 65 days away, and developers are finishing up more than
| 1000 issues targeted for this Microsoft-Office-killer packing an army of new
| features, enhancements, and bug fixes.


Proofreading in OpenOffice.org

,----[ Quote ]
| Grammar checking is a feature that was missed in OpenOffice.org for quite
| some time. Grammar checking software for several languages is available,
| either as standalone tools or integrated into other programs. I prefer the
| name “proofreading” for this kind of software, as usually these programs go
| beyond checking grammar. Some offer style checking, others may check text
| against abstract rules. In general the task for this kind of software is to
| check and improve text regarding anything else than simple spell checking
| (though it makes sense to include spell checking into the process as this
| helps to analyze the text).

Version: GnuPG v1.4.9 (GNU/Linux)


[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
Author IndexDate IndexThread Index