Take an open-source approach to office productivity.
OpenOffice 2, the freeware version of Sun Microsystems StarOffice 8, is a great deal for home and small-businesses users who don't mind browsing online forums for tech support. But enterprise users are better served by StarOffice 8.
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Oracle cedes control of the OpenOffice.org code base to the Apache Software Foundation Incubator project.
Programmers gave Oracle's OpenOffice a good code-scrubbing to build the LibreOffice 3.3 offshoot. Expect more visible changes with 3.4 later this year.
Downloading for OpenOffice.org's new suite is in high demand.
OpenOffice.org fans strike out on their own with the Document Foundation and LibreOffice--without Oracle's backing.
The open-source productivity suite of applications has its problems. Speed of performance is far from the most prominent, when you think of its Web-based rivals.
The office suite is a relic of a bygone age--one that may not amount to billions in Microsoft profits for much longer.
OpenOffice can't even effectively battle Microsoft Office. Why would it even think of taking on Outlook?
The answer shouldn't always be "Make it a choice!" Good design is often (indeed is usually) about constraining choice rather than expanding it.