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OpenOffice.org Wins Courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft Office is poised for suffering and Microsoft too recently acknowledged its problem, labeling OpenOffice.org a "biggest competitor". Watch it grabbing all the big awards in this year's Sourceforge poll.



This must have left a mark on Microsoft.

Microsoft was the diamond sponsor for this year’s Sourceforge Community Choice Awards, culminating last night in a party at the Jupiter Hotel in Portland.

The big winner? Open Office. It swept the awards for top project, top enterprise project, and top project in education.


Indeed -- no matter how ironic -- this was sponsored by Microsoft. For those wondering about the incitation of panic among the awards, start here.

“Microsoft does not care about open source software.”In other interesting news, there's a hot new discussion at the moment which began with this ComputerWorld article from Mr. Weiss. It's about the harms which so-called "piracy" (typically meaning an attack on ships, as opposed to unauthorised copying) causes projects like OpenOffice.org.

Microsoft does not care about open source software. Watch how Microsoft mistreats its own 'shared/open source' poster children, which make use of .NET. It's actually is 'neighbour press' that reports on this problem.

...that, Walker thinks, is a shame. DotNetNuke has benefited hugely from the attention lavished on it by the DevDiv, but Walker believes there are scores of worthy, .NET-based projects that are just not getting the support they need.

"We're hoping that over time that attitude will change and they will provide more support for native open source application vendors," Walker told me.

Walker isn't alone in this sentiment. Back in April, Coding Horror blogger Jeff Atwood spoke at length about his frustrations with how Microsoft treats open source developers. He went so far as to say that "open source projects are treated as second-class citizens in the Microsoft ecosystem."


The company only rewards programs that exploit their users. What does that say about the company?

"He [Bill Gates] is divisive. He is manipulative. He is a user. He has taken much from me and the industry."

--Gary Kildall

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