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New: OpenOffice.org 3.0 Release Candidate 3 (build OOO300_m8) available

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| OpenOffice.org 3.0 Release Candidate 3 build OOO300_m8 which installs as
| OpenOffice.org 3.0 has been uploaded to the mirror network.
| If you find severe issues within this build please file them to
| OpenOffice.org's bug tracking system IssueTracker and if you believe this is
| a show stopper then please notify the releases mailing list.



OpenOffice.org 3.0 Release Candidate 2

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| These notes contains changes between SRC680_m242 and SRC680_m248 as well as
| between DEV300_m1 and DEV300_m27 as well as between OOO300_m1 and OOO300_m7.
| This release will install as OpenOffice.org 3.0.


The year of three - when will it be?

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| We expect to have OpenOffice.org 3.0 to be available at approximately the end
| of September, with a second release candidate being available in the next few
| days. We want to make OpenOffice.org 3.0 the best office suite ever, and
| we're confident that everyone will be excited with what we call "the year of
| 3"!


OpenOffice 3.0 release candidate out

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| With the final version of OOo 3.0 scheduled to be released later this month
| the release candidate is a preview of what users can expect from the eventual
| release.


Open Office vs. MS Office - the Other Key to Windows/Linux Transition

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| So, if your excuse for not giving Linux a try was that you needed to be able
| to work with your Office documents... well, you just ran out of excuses.
| Think of what you will gain, too! No more suffering through all the
| gratuitous menu/toolbar/button changes that Microsoft makes in every new
| Office release. No more suffering through incompatible file formats between
| releases, which Microsoft seems to do every two or three releases - this is
| the second time it has happened that I can recall, and I assume that the
| recent OOXML debacle means that there is another change coming in the next
| Office release. Best of all, no more having to pay to upgrade to the new
| version every time Microsoft sees fit.


The State of Kedah moves to OpenOffice.org

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| A case study submitted to the Open Source Competency Center by the Center of
| Information Technology, Office of the Chief Minister and State Secretary of
| Kedah, has indicated that OpenOffice.org has been installed in 70% of the
| computers in the Kedah state government agencies. There are currently 2,202
| installed seats and by the looks of it, the numbers will just keep rising!


announcing the winner of the splash screen poll

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| I'd like to announce the winner of the splash screen poll. We had a total of
| 789 votes, which is a quite good count! The winner is


The entire State of Pahang moves to OpenOffice.org

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| Its just been made official that the State of Pahang is migrating all its
| productivity suites to OpenOffice.org. This succint memo from the State
| Secretary of Pahang entitled "Perlaksanaan Penggunaan Perisian OpenOffice.Org
| Di Semua Agensi dan Pentadbiran Negeri" (translated: "Implementation of
| OpenOffice.org suite in all State Agencies and Administrative centres")
| outlines the reasons for migrating, the benefits and how to proceed.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


Open Office sweeps Sourceforge awards

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| This must have left a mark on Microsoft.
| Microsoft was the diamond sponsor for this year’s Sourceforge Community
| Choice Awards, culminating last night in a party at the Jupiter Hotel in
| Portland.
| The big winner? Open Office. It swept the awards for top project, top
| enterprise project, and top project in education.

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