Thursday, November 30, 2006

O3Spaces: open source SharePoint for OpenOffice

The open source world is about to welcome a competitor to SharePoint from Microsoft. In 2007, O3Spaces from the Netherlands will release its open source version of its integrated collaboration and document management application for workgroups and small businesses that use or its commercial sibling StarOffice. It is already available in its professional version, you can take a look at this quick tour to figure it out, and read a Sharepoint feature comparison here.

It is important as SharePoint is central to Microsoft Office 2007 launch. People Ready is all about collaboration and probably the most compelling reason to upgrade your office suite software. Web 2.0 drives this collaboration attitude, motivating all individuals to do it easily over the network and from very different devices, including our cell phones.

Let's not forget that desktop productivity software is also making its early steps in the Software as a Service (Saas) world. Just keep in mind what Google is doing with Writely and its online spreadsheet service, offering native web collaboration, all for free!

2007 will definitely be a very interesting time for the office suite market and probably give us some indications on whether customers are keen to stay only with the old licensing model or move partly to the open source model or the Saas one.


salubrium said...

Have you had any experience with O3Spaces yet? I blogged about Pengyou, Mindquarry and O3spaces back in Jun 07 and Mindquarry won me over.

My main thing I needed was cross-platform file synchronisation and the fact Mindquarry used subversion was great. The client had a few issues though, that I could never resolve. I have been playing with Git and Unison lately to replace Mindquarry as I no longer want the overhead of a virtual machine purely for running Mindquarry. The fact O3Spaces has debian packages is quite promising though.

Emmanuel Obadia said...

No I didn't try it.
This post is already aging and I've been moving to other kind of solutions since then especially around Web 2.0 online collaboration techniques.
Interesting to keep track to what's happening in Live Office though to see how Microsoft reacts to the on-line collaboration approach.

Anonymous said...

the other alternatives to Sharepoint you would consider?

Anonymous said...

What are...

Emmanuel Obadia said...

Consider Web 2.0 technologies portal based. could be a good one. Netvibes is now offering enterprise solutions as well.