Next Up: Google Office?
Google's dip into OpenOffice began with its hiring of Joerg Heilig, former director of software engineering at Sun, according to Gary Edwards, a consultant and designated representative of the OpenOffice.org open source community.
Community scuttlebutt was that Google was on a hunt for OpenOffice and StarOffice developers, and everyone in the company's Hamburg division was a target, according to Edwards. "No one knows what Google was going to do with Joerg, but they had the keys to the kingdom when they got him," Edwards said.
It has long been rumored that Google is developing its own operating system or desktop, with an online calendaring application scheduled to be released in October.
The partnership with Sun seems to indicate that Google's direction is to build out what is, in essence, an alternative to Microsoft Office.