IBM has joined the Openoffice.org development community to give the open source productivity software a boost in the marketplace.
IBM said it will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements, and will be making ongoing contributions to the feature richness and code quality of Openoffice.org.
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IBM will also use Openoffice.org technology in its own products. Rich Green, executive vice-president for software at Sun Microsystems, said, "In the seven years since Sun founded the project, Openoffice.org has fuelled and filled the need for document data and productivity tools that are open and free.
"We invite others to join us in the community and participate in building the future as Openoffice.org and ODF continue to gain popularity."
ODF is the open source document format used in the suite, and competes against Microsoft's OOXML document format which recently failed to gain ISO accreditation.