Le vendredi 29 octobre 2010 à 12:13 -0400, Benjamin Horst a écrit :
I think we need to look ahead to tablets, based on iOS and Android. According to recent news
articles, sales of iPads have made Apple the number one computer vendor in the USA. Thinking
strategically, it looks like the developing world may skip PCs entirely and adopt tablets as
their standard computing platform going forward, just like they skipped landlines in favor of
mobile phones. Microsoft Windows will have an enormous challenge to gain any foothold in this
market, and MS Office too. Thus, we have an opportunity to start on a level playing field here,
without the huge inertia MS has long enjoyed. On a fair playing field, we will win--no question.
My strategic suggestion is that we build a "LibreOffice Touch" for Android and iOS tablets as
the first new member of this broader family of products. Full ODF support will allow
compatibility with LibreOffice, and consistent branding will help reinforce both product lines.
(As for web office suites, I researched this recently. Zimbra provides open source web-based
docs and spreadsheets that customers can install on their own servers, first launched in 2006:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/web2explorer/zimbra-launches-zimbra-documents/259 If we want to work
in this area, collaborating with Zimbra could give us a jump start.)
I totally agree with Benjamin. Anticipating the reactions of the
costumers is the best way the ensure visiblity against Microsoft, who
will work for works suites on forgotten desktops.
What's the next step ?
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