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Tuesday, November 1st, 2005, 3:22 am

Google Fund OpenOffice

Open officeGoogle have recently formed a pact with Sun Microsystems, best known for their work on Java and Solaris. They have just taken a re-assuring step — re-assuring to those who wish to see Microsoft monopolies fade away over the years.

Sun Microsystems are among the major maintainers, as well as the ‘funds engine’ behind OpenOffice. Finally we come to see that Google, who use OpenOffice in-house, contribute back to the Open Source community which they came from. They are now paying programmers to work on Open Office, which is some sense reminds me of begone “Google Office” rumours. They essentially use their powerful financial position to boost freedom, or so I choose to believe. It is no wonder Microsoft are scared.

Google plans to hire programmers to improve, a demonstration of its affinity for open source initiatives and one the company believes also shows sound practical sense.

It is worth emphasising that Open Office 2 was very recently released.

Related item: Google Support Open Source in Academia

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