__/ [ Mark Kent ] on Saturday 01 April 2006 08:26 \__
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> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>> __/ [ Roy Culley ] on Friday 31 March 2006 23:54 \__
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>>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
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>>>>| 'Then he (Gates) vented a key frustration with Outlook. While Gates
>>>>| says he gets "immense benefit" from Outlook's Inbox rules, he wants
>>>> Somebody should tell him to use Thunderbird with the extensions that
>>>> handle this. As a mail client, Thunderbird has been more powerful
>>>> than Outlook for over a year. It just doesn't come with bloat 'out
>>>> of the box' and yet it remains far more stable and has more
>>>> functions. Picture this: Gates still uses IE6.
>>> It is the funcionality provided by Exchange / Outlook that wins the
>>> day at the moment. The integration of email, calendar and scheduling
>>> is excellent. OSS is very weak in this area. I've said this for years
>>> but not much has changed.
>> What about Evolution, or Kolab, or Groupwise, among other tools? See IBM's
>> recent bounty on Exchange servers:
>> Outlook and Exchange tend to work only when everybody uses them. This
>> promotes a monoculture and discourages unity through
>> transparency/protocols. Calendaring software in particular is terrible at
>> communication with counterparts.
> A good open-source implementation of these functions should be enough to
> become a reference standard, which should then enable everything to work
> with the reference. This would prevent a monoculture, except at the
> protocol/api and stream/file/message layers, which would be standardised,
> thus rather more open to exploitation, just as IP is, for example.
I suppose that Microsoft Office formats have been penetrated to a good extent
by now. I believe the codebase came from some German company and reached the
many office productivity suites out there and later extended to become more
compatible. At this stage, even macros are implemented to the point of
perfection by Novell.
One component of Office which still remains untouchable to some is Outlook,
but then again, it's only a matter of time. There is GPL code that achieves
Exchange connectivity /already/. Thunderbird's Lightning appeared in the
extensions site yesterday (seen in the feed) and it has many developers
working on it. Integration with mail and exchange servers is a matter of
time only. Jointly with OpenOffice and Firefox (all of which reside in the
Ubuntu Live CD, for example), Microsoft Office becomes obsolete.
Roy S. Schestowitz
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