As disenfranchised youth run rioting in the streets of Paris, CNET reported on some other interesting news emerging out of France: That the Direction Generale des Impots, the French tax authority, plans to deploy the open-source office productivity application OpenOffice.Org on over 80,000 of its PCs.
Mon dieu! The move is expected to save the French government, which is also investigating a subsequent migration to Linux desktops, some 29.3M Euros (~$34.5M).
No wonder Microsoft announced a new Web software strategy in memos leaked to several major media earlier this week. In the memo penned by former Lotus Notes guru Ray Ozzie, he outlines, among other things, his vision for advertising-supported software.
Coming to a banner near you: Windows Office Live for the Web, Brought to You by Calvin Klein -- Between love and madness lies Obsession [with Google]
Finally, speaking of obsession, our very own Irving Wladawsky-Berger made his own announcement about what one journalist called our new "blog-spotting" software. It's officially-sanctioned IBM name is "Public Image Monitoring Solution" (our naming team at Big Blue is certifiably not the most creative outfit on the planet). The software allows companies to monitor and analyze blogs, wikis, news feeds, newsgroups, and other community-generated content in real-time.
As soon as I get my personally-signed CD copy from Irving, I plan to monitor the inactivity transpiring in my own blog in near real-time.