As I posted yesterday IBM has donated Symphony to Apache to bolster the OpenOffice project. Kenvin Cavanaugh was quoted in a computer world article and there was a derived conversation at Slashdot that picked up on his comment that there really hasn't been any innovation in the document space for the last 10 years. Some people took exception to this comment and other not only completely agreed but declare Personal productivity suites as being largely feature complete dating back to the late 90s.
I happen to think that Kevin is largely right (and not only because he is my boss) and I also think that those who agreed with him and extended his argument to say that there won't be any more innovation, are completely wrong. Here is a comment I added to the Slashdot article:
"While I agree with most posters that by in large personal productivity suites have been largely feature complete for over 10 years and that by and large there hasn't been a lot of innovation in this space for a very long time, and I would even posit that the domination of a monopoly has a lot to do with that, I disagree that there is little potential for new innovation. Quite the contrary. I think there is tremendous pent up innovative potential. The confluence of the rise of mobile, the rise of cloud and co-editing models, new collaborative and social business models and new analytic technology suggests that there is enormous potential for innovation. Traditional documents have focused on 2 layers, the content layer and the presentation layer. The great potential for innovation and new value creation is in the 3rd layer. The semantic layer.
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