Google Sun (Office) not a threat, says MS

by admin October 10, 2005 at 10:22 am

‘Just download the software’

The Microsoft exec in charge of Office has dismissed last week’s tie-up between Sun and Google as allusion rather than substance.

“That announcement didn’t have anything,” Chris Capossela, corporate vice president Information Worker Product Management Group of Microsoft told a crowd of Dutch reporters last week.

“It had something about a toolbar and Java Runtime, and it alluded to a potential thing some time in the future. OpenOffice isn?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢t hard to get, just go to their website and download the software.”

“Of course we pay attention to what is going on elsewhere, but there was no substance to that announcement,” Capossela said. “It is not that there is a distribution problem with OpenOffice. The product is right there. I didn’t see anything that causes any change. Sun makes very expensive proprietary hardware, while Google offers free software for the masses. Is that a marriage made in heaven? I don’t know.”

Full story: The Register