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Hi guys,

Just like to ask if anyone knows if theres any alternatives to Open Office. I read an article recently about open office and the take over of sun. If open office ceased to exist what alternative is there?
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Nothing is happening to it.

In the short term, nothing changes. OpenOffice.org 3.0 was released 15 months ago. Downloads from the OpenOffice.org Web site have numbered 123 million copies, with tens of millions more downloaded through mirror and partner sites.

OpenOffice.org 3.2 is due for final release this month. The release schedule, which stretches out to version 3.4.1 due in March 2011, does not mention any cloud versions of OpenOffice.org.

In the long term, Oracle looks like it will maintain the tight grip on OpenOffice.org's development that Sun was heavily criticized for. That includes not spinning off OpenOffice.org into an independent foundation, as some community members called for last year.


OpenOffice.org will be managed as an independent business unit, Screven said, with Sun's development and support teams retained. Oracle will continue to support the free community edition of OpenOffice.org. However, Oracle also plans to deliver a cloud offering called Oracle Cloud Office, which had been under development for a while. No comment on the fate of StarOffice, the paid, supported version of OpenOffice.org that competes with IBM's own OpenOffice.org-based Lotus Symphony.

Edited by Neil Jones, 24 February 2010 - 03:23 PM.

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Thanks for the reply. Ultimately openoffice is the only alternative openoffice depending on what company if working with it.
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