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See them coming

See them coming

Posted May 10, 2013 22:47 UTC (Fri) by man_ls (guest, #15091)
In reply to: A prayer from your mouth to Ballmers's ears by rcweir
Parent article: Results of the Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Logo Survey

Your innuendo somehow comes out as funny rather than menacing. I have no idea about who is the primary corporate sponsor of LibreOffice, nor do I care much, but if you think Microsoft rewards longstanding partners or allies with anything but land grabs then you are much mistaken. As an IBMer you should know better.

The truth is that Microsoft does not fight against projects but brands. OpenOffice has the brand (not thanks to Apache but to the long years of Sun development), LibreOffice has the momentum. In a few decades Microsoft will notice and start fighting against LibreOffice, just as at a certain point they switched focus from Unix to Linux -- presumably when their customers started using it in anger. They are getting older and slower so this time it will probably take them longer to notice the new project.

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