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Gary Edwards: OpenOffice.org 2.0

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As we approach the imminent release of the "stable" version of OpenOffice.org 2.0 (OOo 2.0), it is becoming increasingly apparent that OOo 2.0 and it's commercial big brother, StarOffice 8.0, are going shake up the desktop software industry. As this Mad Penguin™ interview with Gary Edwards shows, the "clean" XML standard adopted by the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee (TC) and the State of Massachusettst is at the heart of massive changes now under way in the multi-billion dollar office productivity software industry.

Gary is a member of the OpenDocument TC and the principal of Open Business Stack Systems, a company providing XML-based SOA (service-oriented architecture) solutions, and so has first-hand knowledge of the potential that truly open XML holds for uniting disparate computer systems which are still out there running mission critical applications. By constrast, Gary explains, Microsoft's Word ML will only interoperate with its own locked stack, require customers to become complete Microsoft shops if they hope to achieve the same level of fluid information flow available through truly open SOAs.

No one knows for certain when OOo 2.0 stable will be released, but Mad Penguin's bet is that the stable 2.0 release will come before any recently purchased cartons of milk expire in your refrigerator, in which case, it will be well-timed to coincide with two other events focusing attention on the OpenDocument.

Full Interview.

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