You know, I’m really starting to wonder about OpenOffice after reading this note from Ed Moltzen. So great, OpenOffice 2.4 is about to be released. That’s.. boring. Who really cares? There just doesn’t seem to be much of a vibe around OpenOffice anymore.
Obviously, the problem here is Google. Without question, Google stole all of OpenOffice’s thunder (well, what thunder there was) with Google Docs.
Personally, I use Microsoft Office 2003 (yes, I’m behind the times). I write a good bit, as a consultant I work with documents internally in our office as well as with clients, and, frankly, Office just works. But if I had to change, I’d just take the plunge and try an online office suite like Google Docs. Why take the effort to jump to OpenOffice just so I can.. well, nothing. What does OpenOffice offer me that would make me want to change? Not much. Google Docs is another story. Everything is “up there” in the Big Network In the Sky. How cool.
I think OpenOffice is going to get more and more marginalized over time. I don’t see how that can’t happen.
P.S. Okay, okay, so OpenOffice gets a mention about how well the overall architecture works and its impact on Microsoft. I’m still not blown away.