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Hello US Marketing;

I've been thinking for a long while about real-time collaboration and LibO.
I can't shake the idea that TDF should, at least, address this publicly.
The problem is, I still don't understand how to start a conversation like
this w/in a F/OSS organization like TDF.  So, I have two requests: Please,

- review and comment the following "feature request" for clarity & relevance
- give me an idea or two on how I can make a good-faith effort for this to
be widely considered w/in TDF (e.g. do I just post it to global marketing?)


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Hello all;

I have been looking for pre-existing discussions of this issue
throughout TDF, the developer's mailing list and LibO's bug-reporting
system.  If I have overlooked a project already in progress, I apologize
and ask for the current references.  It is my belief that we need to
formulate and advertise an articulate, unified story on this.
Hopefully, this format isn't too formal or unfamiliar.  I chose it to
emphasize readability and comprehension.

*Feature Request: Real-time LibreOffice Collaboration*

*Synopsis*: Real-time collaboration for all LibreOffice modules, across all

*Date*: 2011-01-29

*Origin*: Requested by Tihomir[1]

*Status*: NEW, UNASSIGNED Bug 33704[2]

*What*: To enable editing, commenting & versioning of LibreOffice
documents, in real-time, among an ad-hoc collection of users. Across all
LibreOffice modules and all operating systems. Cloud-flavor agnostic as
possible (in other words; webdav, google docs, skydrive storage, iCloud

*Why*: By enabling this feature-set, TDF will guarantee LibO's relevance for
the next ten years.  More specifically:

   * Current users are clamoring for feature-set[3].  As a corollary,
     this also indicates that we are already losing current and
     prospective customers.
   * Education, governments and SME are accelerating adoption of this
   * Current solutions problematic vis-à-vis UI/UX, support[5]
   * Feature-parity w/SkyDrive & 365, Google Docs & Apple iCloud[6]
   * Comparative advantage: 1) Completely portable data, 2) Free as in
     free speech data mgmt, 3) Usability issues addressed[7]
   * Instant validation: TDF has an advisory board members who are
     fully vested in social-enabled, cloud-aware & collaboration-ready
     markets and technologies. They can easily validate (or invalidate)
     this feature-set request[8]
   * Small window of opportunity: Conservative analyst project 30% of
     SME will have deployed their Cloud strategies by 2012[9]
   * Balkanization of customer base: Assuming that real-time
     collaboration is a trend that is here to stay, we can see that
     organizations and individuals are currently adopting whatever
     makes sense.  What does it mean for LibO when individual members
     on a modern, ad-hoc, cross-divisional team each have different
     cloud accounts?


  1. tihokibertron AT gmail DOT com
  3. (Google Docs support forum)
  4. (Avanade Research FY11 download) &,2817,2387469,00.asp
  5. &
  6. e.g. (parity)
  7. e.g. & advantage)
  8. (TDF advisory announcement)
  9. e.g. (Gartner presentation download)

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