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Can Oracle OpenOffice put a dent in Microsoft Office?
Posted on Jan 24 2011 10:45 AM by xper in Software

It's been a bad couple of weeks for Microsoft. Whether Steve Ballmer knows it or not, the big shoes left by 23-year-veteran Bob Muglia, who oversaw major successes by the company's Server and Tools division, will be devilishly hard to fill. And just last week, Microsoft lost Windows consumer marketing boss Brad Brooks to Juniper; worldwide government general manager Matt Miszewski to Salesforce; and Johnny Chung Lee, one of the key researchers behind the Kinect motion control technology, to Google.

On the heels of Ray Ozzie and Stephen Elop leaving Redmond, those recent departures may seem like a very bad sign. But the degree to which Microsoft is really in trouble depends largely on the viability of alternatives to its most popular products.

Take, for instance, Microsoft Office. I've written quite a bit about the Google Docs alternative, which I believe will be a viable solution for second-tier users once Google bakes in HTML5-based offline capabilities. But what of the higher-functioning desktop rivals to Microsoft Office based on the OpenOffice.org core?

For the past few weeks I've been using Oracle OpenOffice.org 3.2, which came bundled with the 10.10 version of Ubuntu I installed on my netbook a month ago. It's a capable clone of Office 2003 (that's right, no Office 2007/2010 ribbon) that, for my limited purposes, does a pretty good job.

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CoffeeFiend
Jan 24 2011 09:57 PM
Google docs is a complete joke feature-wise, its only redeeming quality is the easy sharing.

As far as OOo goes, it's not only a very poor decent replacement for a decade old version of MS Office, but Oracle seemingly doesn't care one bit about OOo. So much, that others have forked it (Libre Office) and begged Oracle to join them -- which Oracle can't even be bothered to answer (they're too busy making billions from databases and server middleware). Sun (bought by Oracle) used to contribute like 95% of the code but that's stopped since the buyout, so OOo lost their main (and almost only) contributor and as such is pretty much dead.
OOo and Google Docs is fine for home users. As IT Manager I will never suggest the change over from Microsoft Office. On another note, the ribbon version of 2007 and 2010 is easily overcome.