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OpenOffice.org 2.4.1 Released

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| The latest version of the leading open source office productivity suite.
| OpenOffice.org 2.4.1 includes a security fix, minor enhancements, and bug
| fixes to all its core components. OpenOffice.org 2.4.1 is available for
| immediate download.
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http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/27579

First Look: OpenOffice.org 3.0 Public Beta

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| OO3's support for traditional Microsoft Office document formats was as good
| as ever, I found. This beta supports the new OpenDocument Format 1.2
| specification.
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http://www.adtmag.com/article.aspx?id=22764


Recent:

90 things that are the same in Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org

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| I've put together three articles, showing tasks that are the same between
| Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org.
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http://openoffice.blogs.com/openoffi...officeorg.html


The Fall of Microsoft Office

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| On the same day that the state of New York published a report supporting open
| formats for electronic documents, mighty Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) said that
| it would support the open-source ODF format in Office 2007. Redmond's own
| Open Office XML specification may be heading for the great Recycle Bin in the
| sky, never to come back.
|
| [...]
|
| I can't say that Google or Sun or anybody else just won a bigger share of the
| office software market, and if they did, it won't help their revenue or
| profits directly anyway. But it's clear as day that Microsoft just took a
| serious hit, and the impact may take a long time to make itself felt but it
| will come.
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http://www.fool.com/investing/genera...ft-office.aspx


Is Microsoft Office in trouble?

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| And, now Microsoft isn't hurrying to support its own format, but it is moving
| to support PDF and ODF... Could it be that all those copies of Office 2007
| Microsoft boasts of selling are collecting dust at reseller and retailer
| warehouses instead of being used on office systems? Could users be sticking
| with their older copies of Office and when they do want to move to something
| newer, they're moving to OpenOffice and Google instead?
|
| Interesting isn't it?
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/is_mi...ice_in_trouble


Microsoft can’t support Open XML

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| If Microsoft can’t give users a compelling reason to switch from their old
| version of Office to Office 14 their cash-flow is going to slow down
| considerably.
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http://practical-tech.com/business/m...port-open-xml/


Is Office the new Netscape?

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| One of the cornerstones of Microsoft's competitive strategy over the years
| has been to redefine competitors' products as features of its own products.
| Whenever some upstart PC software company started to get traction with a new
| application - the Netscape browser is the most famous example - Microsoft
| would incorporate a version of the application into its Office suite or
| Windows operating system, eroding the market for the application as a
| standalone product and starving its rival of economic oxygen (ie, cash). It
| was an effective strategy as well as a controversial one.
|
| Now, though, the tables may be turning. Google is trying to pull a Microsoft
| on Microsoft by redefining core personal-productivity applications -
| calendars. word processing, spreadsheets, etc. - as features embedded in
| other products. There's a twist, though. Rather than just incorporating the
| applications as features in its own products, Google is offering them up to
| other companies, particularly big IT vendors, to incorporate as features in
| their products.
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http://www.roughtype.com/archives/20...f_the_corn.php


Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.
|
| [...]
|
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term
| revenue significantly."
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http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_9061263


Microsoft earnings post-mortem: The cash cows quiver

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| I can’t help but wonder if the lackluster Windows/Office results also can be
| attributed to Microsoft brass’s complete and crazy obsession with Google (and
| taking over Yahoo) has resulted in no one minding the Windows store. Kevin
| Johnson, the head of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division seems to be so
| laser-focused on the online-ad business these days that he almost seems to
| have forgotten Microsoft is still in the software business, too.
|
| Microsoft execs’ claims about walking away from the Yahoo deal are nothing
| more than bluster. A protracted hostile takeover bid is just going to
| distract not just employees in Microsoft’s online services business, but
| company management, too. It’s not a pretty picture.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1362
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