OpenOffice.org 3.0 was officially launched today. Demand for the new release overwhelmed the website for some time. My attempt to contact the website just timed out.
The new release has however been available for a few days on mirror sites, so I’ve been working with it over the weekend.
There’s not much I have to say beyond what I wrote before downloading it. OOo3 has some new features, a lot of old familiar friends are still there, and a revamped set of shortcut icons along the top of the page.
Still, I was curious to see what others might make of it, and tuned in this evening to the Right Hook with George Hook at 6.30pm for his regular Monday evening technology section.
First up was a piece on a new initiative form Skype, which allows users to access VoIP using standard issue Nokia mobile phones.
Then George announced that he would be discussing word processing and other office software – with a Microsoft executive.
Yes, you heard me right. On the day that OOo issued its new release, Microsoft managed to wangle itself twenty minutes talking about its products on prime time drivetime radio.
Now that’s spin.
Many of those tech slots are pre-filled a week out so it might just be lucky programming for Microsoft to stump it Office line on the OOo day.
Might be, but I’d say it was good planning by MS. It’s not like the OOo3 launch date was classified a week ago.
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