Discussion in 'Current Events' started by Vroem, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2002
    Brussels, Belgium, Europe
    Today I got this message (from the list) that may be of interest.
    I like the "this year promises to be equally interesting" part :).
  2. macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2003
    VA, USA
    What's the chance that Apple would take the core of OpenOffice and use it to develop their own office suite? Kind of like the way they used the Konquerer rendering engine and made Safari? Would that be a better choice then updating Appleworks? I do not have much experience with Appleworks. Openoffice the last time I worked with it about a year ago seemed to be a decent product. If Apple polished it up it could be a nice package for the Mac.
  3. macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    If openoffice ran natively on OS X then it would be a better product than AppleWorks. AppleWorks is still based on technology that is 10 years old.
  4. macrumors member

    May 7, 2003
    yeah, the only problem with OOO right now is that it's way slow, especially in start up times. I guess this is because it's a port and not a native app. If Apple sped it up, and made it OSX native with the slick interface and what not, they'd have a great product.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I think this is very likely. It's another example of a solid framework that Apple can build up into a killer application. It needs some aquification and some speed. Although I think Appleworks works pretty good. I have some issues with the spreadsheet application but oh well.

    If anything, a native OOO would be perfect.
  6. macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2001
    I also think this is an excellent idea. In exactly the same way that Sun rebrands as StarOffice, and then sells it with support and documentation, Apple could do exactly the same thing. According to the OOo web-site, work is underway on an Aqua version, which should be due for release next year.

    The only reason I question this though is because Apple already has a competing product with KeyNote. Maybe Apple does intend to produce its own office suite from scratch. What does everyone think?
  7. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2003
    I think Apple should do something here with an Office app. Appleworks is getting old.
    And Microsoft ... will they continue to support Office X ?
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 9, 2003
    I can't remember where I read it but Microsoft will supposedly continue development on programs that you have to pay for. But I think that I would be the most excited person in the world if Apple turned OpenOffice into it's next office suite.

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