Yesterday, we released OpenOffice.org 3.0 Novell Edition for Windows – the leading, enterprise-supported alternative to Microsoft Office that provides word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database capabilities.
Now, before talking a bit more about this release, I want to first express my sincere thanks for the hard work and dedication of Novell’s engineers for getting this product to market. Novell has always been a top contributor to the OpenOffice.org project, and with the release of the Novell Edition, it was incredible to see how fast our team worked to develop, build, test, and ship out this software to meet the needs for our customers. Congratulations guys on an incredible job!
As we think about what OpenOffice.org Novell Edition for Windows means I think it really boils down to a couple things. First, we all know that Microsoft Office owns the lion’s share of the office productivity market today (the last count I heard was around 95% of a $15B market), so we see this release as being at the heart of what we continue to do from an open source perspective – giving customers choice in their software, helping them to lower their total cost of desktop ownership, all without sacrificing the productivity they need on a daily basis. And that’s exactly what OpenOffice.org Novell Edition for Windows does.
Secondly, at a feature level, it really is a fantastic piece of work – not only does it look, feel, and act like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but it contains rich enhancements that continue to drive productivity for our customers such as interoperability with Microsoft Office, extensive VBA macro support, rich import capabilities for various file formats including WordPerfect, Microsoft Works, OfficeOpen XML, scalable vector graphics, and much more. More importantly for the enterprise customer is the fact that it’s fully backed by Novell’s world-class enterprise capabilities, which means businesses who purchase a subscription can rest assured that their questions and needs will be fully met.
So at the end of the day, we think the reasons are pretty clear as to why OpenOffice.org Novell Edition for Windows makes sense for businesses: 1) it saves them money (compare $50 for an OpenOffice.org Novell Edition for Windows basic subscription vs. $399 for Microsoft Office Standard 2007, and that’s without the software assurance or per incident fees you might have on top of Office), 2) it’s supported by Novell’s support which means peace of mind and security, and 3) with a familiar GUI and strong interoperability, switching costs are very low.
We’d love for you to give it a test drive. Learn more about it and check it out at http://www.novell.com/products/openofficewindows. Let us know what you think — and as always, we look forward to hearing from you.