The idea of Microsoft Office being threatened by OpenOffice borders between laughable and unlikely. Bear in mind that I prefer OpenOffice ever since MS Office went all ribbon happy with its UI. Made me run screaming for an older copy or something new.
This article here does a fair summary of how Microsoft sees OpenOffice and whether or not it could one day be a threat. But the fact remains as long as MS is dictating what file formats are to be used for office docs in the business world, Oo is going to continuously be playing catchup.
So yes to Microsoft wanting to keep an eye out on the competition as it has learned that it is hardly infallible. But it is also going to find that, for many individuals, it’s difficult to compete with free. It can be done, but not with installed software most likely.
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