Will open source office suites go the way of Thunderbird?
Microsoft's latest entry in the office productivity is such a blatant move towards convergence of mobile and desktop, you have to wonder if they are going too far, too fast.
If mobile and cloud is indeed the new direction of productivity apps, open source office suites must innovate quickly or die.
Microsoft wants to embrace desktop and mobile users as much as possible with their upcoming Office 2013 release, and right now it feels like Microsoft just pulled away from LibreOffice and Apache OpenOffice, leaving the venerable open source office suites eating Microsoft's dust.
Those are bitter words to write, but while LibreOffice and OpenOffice have managed to keep a fair bit of feature parity with Office in the past, that is no longer the case. Office 2013's integration with Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud service and the fact that it can run on a mobile device--albeit a Windows mobile device--is a serious jump ahead.