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Given the announcement this morning that Oracle is buying Sun (for .10 a share more than IBM offered), it's worthwhile thinking through what this will mean for Sun StarOffice. When it looked like IBM was going to buy Sun, my view was that Sun StarOffice was doomed. IBM had built its own productivity suite based on the OpenOffice.org source code (IBM Lotus Symphony), modified it to work with Eclipse, and certainly wasn't going to field two very similar products. It would keep Lotus Symphony, and shoot StarOffice.
However, with Oracle taking over Sun, the equation changes. Oracle doesn't have a competing product, and it does have a healthy business in a content management backend, the result of its Stellent acquisition several years ago. At this point, Oracle can start integrating StarOffice with Universal Content Management, as well as start integrating it with Beehive and WebCenter. All of a sudden, it can start going against Google, Microsoft, and IBM in the productivity suite space--all it's missing is e-mail.
It's going to take awhile to figure out the overall impact of this acquisition in the collaboration/content space, but the market dynamics just changed significantly.