Take an open-source approach to office productivity.
You have several software options when you need to create a document or build a slideshow. We help you figure out which one best fits your needs.
Oracle cedes control of the OpenOffice.org code base to the Apache Software Foundation Incubator project.
OpenOffice.org fans strike out on their own with the Document Foundation and LibreOffice--without Oracle's backing.
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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The answer shouldn't always be "Make it a choice!" Good design is often (indeed is usually) about constraining choice rather than expanding it.
Microsoft, not content with 95 percent of the office productivity market, appears to want to take an additional few percentage points from OpenOffice.
The open-source productivity suite hasn't made much of a dent in Microsoft's Office business, but it's finding serious penetration in the States, according to a ClickStream study.
Development projects are underway to improve performance issues in the open source project, which remains a strong focus within the community, says exec.
By retaining too much corporate control over OpenOffice, Sun is inhibiting its development.
Microsoft is at the center of two new conspiracy theories.