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Gnumeric : Using GNOME to Go Up Against MS Office
Jody Goldberg, Ximian Inc

Track: Apps
Date: Wednesday, July 09
Time: 11:30am - 12:15pm
Location: Salon G

MS Office is popular for a reason. Microsoft and its massive user base have kicked it hard, and polished the roughest edges along the way. The hidden gotcha is that MS now holds your data hostage. Their applications define if your data can be read, and how you can manipulate it. The Gnumeric project began as a way to ensure the GNOME platform could support the requirements of a major application, and has evolved into the beginnings of a spreadsheet to mature past the limitations of MS Excel. It has taught us a lot about spreadsheets and, for the purpose of this talk, about what types of capabilities MS has put into its libraries and applications provide the UI that people are familiar with. We will discuss the tools (available and unwritten) necessary to produce a competitor and eventually a replacement.

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