Le 2010-11-05 05:10, Ian a écrit :
On Fri, 2010-11-05 at 07:52 +0000, e-letter wrote:
LO is never going to overcome m$ products on their own platform(s).
Agreed, by the time there is any chance of this the world will have
moved to a different platform. In one way it already has since ARM based
mobile computer devices massively outnumber x86 now.

The biggest market potential by far is mobile devices for ODF to
become the default format.
Yup.


I don't agree totally with that statement. While Microsoft Works is likely to continue to be omnipresent, it is possible for LibreOffice to be a relatively important player on the Windows platform. For instance, Internet Explorer used to be the only browser on Windows computers; look at Firefox which is now a very important player, and Chrome which is making important inroads.

As for becoming useful on the phone, I think the cell-phone platform limits a lot the editing functions available. One possibility would be to have a no-frills word processor that would remember all image and style information, yet allow the cell-phone user to write the text as is. This means that a lot of thought and work has to be done before porting it on the phone, and that a good compatible software needs to exist on "real" computers. One of the strengths of LibreOffice is document compatibility and UI compatibility between platforms. Within limits, the same has to be extended to the newer platforms, otherwise people might as well compose in their e-mail software.

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Michel Gagnon
Montréal (Québec, Canada) -- http://mgagnon.net

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