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Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

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One of the unusual aspects of open source is the fact that the software development philosophy spills over into the way that the project is run. This means that how and why things are done, and by whom, is plain for all to see. Contrast that with Microsoft's approach, which mimics the black box of its software: mostly, all we ever get to view are the results, and rarely the cogs and gears behind those results.

Sometimes, though, some apparently obscure document grants us a rare insight into what is happening deep in the bowels of the Microsoft machine. Here's an example, a delightfully jargon-ridden job advertisement for the “Linux and Open Office Compete Lead, US Subsidiary (CSI Lead)”:

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Why does Microsoft fear OpenOffice.org?

blogs.computerworld.com: It's well-known that Microsoft worries that Google Docs may eat into the profits of the Microsoft Office cash cow. But Microsoft also appears to be extremely worried that an unlikely source may be a major threat as well --- OpenOffice.org. At least that's what a recent job posting at Microsoft shows. And market share numbers back it up.

Glyn Moody of Computerworld UK uncovered a job posting for "Linux and Open Office Compete Lead, US Subsidiary (CSI Lead)". CSI stands for Commercial Software Initiative and according to the job posting, CSI's primary mission "is to win share against Linux and OpenOffice.org."

Targeting Linux is no surprise, of course. But OpenOffice.org?

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