Jack, Jack, Jack - PLEASE bring some objectivity to the table. "When 3.3 is released, features will be added to OpenOffice that will make it on par with the competition."
So, they're adding an Outlook replacement? They aren't? Then it is not and will never be, for the majority of corporate users, "on par with the competition". Whether you like Outlook or not, it is a KEY component of an Office installation in most corporations. If you're a home user and you like OpenOffice, I say Great. I mean, I love OpenOffice and the fact that it's free. I install it on most of my machines. But it will NEVER gain significant traction in the majority of corporate environments, and will therefore always be a second-place product at best, until the OpenOffice or LibreOffice Powers That Be recognize this and start a project to add an Outlook replacement.
And all you Thunderbird fanboys can stop before you start, it's a non-starter for an Outlook replacement. It's a much closer alternative to Outlook Express. Evolution is pretty nice if you're on Linux, but it needs to be ported to Windows and I haven't seen any movement on that in a while.
So Flame ON, all you OpenOffice fans. I like OO, but I think it could be SO much better. But the bottom line is, declaring it on a par with MS Office is just unrealistic.
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