By now we should know about OpenOffice, office suite platform designed to compete with Microsoft Office. It’s quite popular among the open source community and those who cannot spend money on what Microsoft has to offer.
Despite its popularity, the platform the possibility is there that it could go the way of the dinosaurs in a matter of months. This is not because of money, but due to the community no longer supporting it on a large scale. Many could have seen this day coming from a mile away ever since Libre Office came on the scene.
The issue, from what we have come to understand, most developers have chosen to support Libre Office instead. Without these talented developers, the OpenOffice team is finding it difficult to fix bugs and release new features.
“I cannot prediction how this will all work out. It is remiss of me not to point out that retirement of the project is a serious possibility,” according to volunteer Vice President Dennis E. Hamilton.
At the moment, OpenOffice is used by millions around the world, and it is one of the main competitors to Microsoft Office. In fact, for years, OpenOffice has been the only viable alternative to Microsoft Office, so it would be sad to see it go.
As for Libre Office, it’s merely an Open Office fork that is now available on Ubuntu and other Linux distros. It’s also available for Windows 10 as well, and will likely replace OpenOffice if it goes out of business in the near future.
Both products are similar in features and design, hence why we believe only one will stick around for the long term. Developers probably won’t want to be jumping back and forth between two products that are similar in more ways than one.
At the end of the day, Microsoft Office needs competition, and we hope either OpenOffice or Libre Office can keep the pressure on the software giant.