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Google vs. Microsoft Office? NO: vs. Open Office (.org)!

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If we take Google CEO Eric Schmidt at his public words, Microsoft Office is welcome at the Google Apps table.

But what about OpenOffice.org? Will the Google chief’s we can all get along in the cloud PR stance apply as well?

"FREE OFFICE SUITE" is the succinct, but powerful, value proposition of OpenOffice.org: "A multiplatform and multilingual office suite and an open-source project. Compatible with all other major office suites, the product is free to download, use, and distribute."

OpenOffice.org is both a fully-featured office suite compatible with leading office products, and a virtual community working through OpenOffice.org's numerous projects. The community comes together at www.openoffice.org to develop, support, and promote the use of OpenOffice.org.

Hard to top? So suggests ZDNet commenter Hawk318:

Why would anyone even think of 'paying' for something like Google's (or even MS's) version of Office, when "Open Office" is fully functional and does most of what either of the above does?

I got MS Word included when I purchased this PC, but my next PC I'm building and will run Open Office…… Free, working, and functional, beats expensive, flawed and questionable every time.

OK for the PC, perhaps, but what about the rising cloud? OK there too?

“Bringing OpenOffice to the Internet,” Mahdi Abdulrazak, Chief GravityZoo Evangelist, proclaimed to me.

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