Creese said he thinks Oracle could distinguish itself instead by making OpenOffice.org more adept at Web-based collaborative authoring.
7. What happens to StarOffice
StarOffice was the original app that Sun open-sourced after buying it in 2000. Virtually identical to OpenOffice.org, the main difference is the price — $34.95, which gives users access to customer support.
But free is free, and as a result, OpenOffice.org is far more popular than StarOffice today.
Though it still appears on the Web site, the StarOffice name may be set for quiet retirement by Oracle. Oracle executives last week did not mention StarOffice by name once. Meanwhile, Screven mentioned a "community edition of OpenOffice.org."