IBM Joins Open Office Dot Org Effort

(Archived in: Open Source Related Miscellany)

Remember the company called IBM? The final hand off of the PC business to China's Lenovo a couple years back left the computer giant largely out of the limelight of the blogosphere and the world of the home office/small office crowd.

However, this business icon is alive and well. Just check out the news resource page on the company website, or do a search on "IBM" to see to see what Big Blue is up to these days in research.

As an example, a press release was issued this morning to announce that IBM is joining forces with the Open Office community. I have OOO flagged for online news feeds and received the email below this morning.

"The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of OpenOffice.org. Besides working with the community on the free productivity suite's software, IBM will also leverage OpenOffice.org technology in its products."

Read the text of the full Press Release at Open Office and IBM Press Release, or the frequently asked questions listed at this Open Office FAQs Link. I take it as welcome news, and affirmation that open source standards continue to gain acceptance in business circles around the world.

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