Is Microsoft Feeling The Heat From OpenOffice?

Is Microsoft feeling the heat from OpenOffice? Microsoft just launched a video attacking OpenOffice. See video below. A very interesting tactic from Microsoft. The attacks revolved around higher support costs, interoperability issues, decreased performance and efficiency, and increased frustration. For a minute there, I thought they were talking about MS Office. Ha!

Here’s the video.

And why would Microsoft attack OpenOffice? I don’t think OpenOffice is a threat to Microsoft’s dominance. Not yet, anyways. Are they really worried about OpenOffice eating away their market share? And why would they acknowledge the competition and giving them credibility. Interesting tack.

Document Foundation LibreOffice

Key developers of the OpenOffice suite are bracing for change. Based on what happened to OpenSolaris, the likelihood of OpenOffice having the same fate as OpenSolaris is quite real. As you recall, OpenSolaris was recently abandoned by Oracle.

This week, a community of developers created the Document Foundation LibreOffice in an effort to create independence from Oracle. Although LibreOffice is not a fork, it may happen if Oracle doesn’t change its tune.

As you already know, I have been a proponent of open-source and particularly OpenOffice for years. I’ve used OpenOffice not only in Linux, but on Windows as well. To me, OpenOffice is a great and the only alternative to MS Office.

Based on Oracle’s track record with open-source, I don’t see Oracle jumping in the fray. I don’t see Oracle making contributions to the Document Foundation. The likelihood of LibreOffice forking is probably more real than we think.

What about MySQL?

Open Office 3.0

If you have not been living under a rock, you probably heard by now that Office 3.0 was released to the general public on October 13th. If you have not heard about the Open Office 3.0 release, it’s time to get familiar with the Open Office 3.0 application.

Open Office is an open-source Office Suite of Applications. It’s the free, open-source equivalent to MS Office suite of applications. Open Office 3.0 contains a Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Presentations, Graphics, Formula and Database capabilities. The biggest feature for this release; Open Office is now available to the Mac.

Other prominent features are Open Office can now open files saved in Microsoft 2007 or Microsoft 2008 for the Mac. The new suite plays nicely with Visual Basic and Microsoft Access 2007 formats. Users can also create Web 2.0 documents in XHTML and MediaWiki formats.

With third-party addons, more capabilities are available including an Impress presenter console, support for business analytics, PDF import, and the creation of Hybrid PDF documents.

The Open Office website is currently experiencing high traffic due to huge amount of downloads. It seems like a popular site at the moment. If you want to check it out, visit the Open Office website.