IBM Joins OpenOffice.Org
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IBM has announced that it will join the OpenOffice.org project and is pledging to use the OpenOffice open source software in its products.
OpenOffice.org is the leading open-source productivity suite, one which includes word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, database, and other modules.
It uses the Open Document Format (ODF) as its native file format, as well as supports other common file formats like Microsoft Office.
OpenOffice runs on numerous major platforms, including Windows, Vista, Linux, Solaris, Mac OSX, and is now available in over 100 languages.
CNET's News blog is reporting that IBM will also have 35 programmers working on the OpenOffice code, and will also contribute software to improve OpenOffice's accessbility features for people with disabilities.
IBM already supports the OpenDocument format in its Lotus-branded document editor, spreadsheet, and presentation applications.