John D. Head wrote about the [url=http://www.johndavidhead.com/jhead/johnhead.nsf/dx/05112004122047PMJHENCK.htm]IBM Workplace Launch in Chicago[/url]:
But the big shocker was that Ken stated that the editors were based on OpenOffice.org technology. With the huge increase in MS Office licensing fees, there is a buzz around OpenOffice. As someone who made their mark in this industry doing SmartSuite and now Office integration, I have been looking at OpenOffice for a while, and its got legs. Only thing I wished I had heard was that Notes/Domino 7 would include the editors natively as well …
So it seems official now, the editor components of the upcoming IBM Workplace Client Technology will indeed contain technology derived from OpenOffice.org, which to me is fantastics news – I have been using OpenOffice.org for a couple of months now and have been trying to wean myself off MS Office.
I’m glad IBM are taking bold steps into this arena – we will now have a cross-platform rich client offering that is ideal for enterprises with mixed (or non-Windows) client types.
Building it into WCT and not just releasing a stand-alone office suite is (in my opinion) a great move too – we are playing to our strengths, enterprise computing technologies – and we are not just trying to create “yet another office suite”.
Can’t wait to get my hands on the code !