Google Hires Developers to Improve OpenOffice
Posted on: 11/02/2005 04:45 PM

We posted last week about the release of OpenOffice 2.0, but the newest incarnation of the free "Office replacement" was met with little fanfare. In fact, some people even claimed that OO appeared a little bloated.

Well, fans of OO rejoice... Google to the rescue!
Now Google believes it can help OpenOffice--perhaps working to pare down the software's memory requirements or its mammoth 80MB download size, said Chris DiBona, manager for open-source programs at the search company.

"We want to hire a couple of folks to help make OpenOffice better," DiBona said[...]

[...]"We use a fair amount of open-source software at Google. We want to make sure that's a healthy community. And we want to make sure open source preserves competitiveness within the industry," he said.
Is this confirmation that Google really is going after Microsoft... on every level?




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