Oracle has a history of developing complete, integrated, and open products, making integration quicker and less costly for our customers. Based on the open ODF standard, OpenOffice is expected to create a compelling desktop integration bridge for our enterprise customers and offers consumers another choice on the desktop. After the transaction closes, Oracle plans to continue developing and supporting OpenOffice as open source. As before, some of the larger customers will ask for extra assurances, support, and enterprise tools. For these customers we expect to offer a typical commercial license option.
So the good news is it looks like Oracle will continue to contribute to the OpenOffice.org codebase and offer support for OpenOffice.org, as Sun does now. The curious thing is there is no mention of Sun StarOffice. Is this because Oracle figured calming down the open source proponents was more important than talking about Sun StarOffice, which it will continue to develop and support? At the other end of the spectrum, is this because Oracle plans to drop development and support of Sun StarOffice? Or is the answer somewhere in between?--maybe Oracle hasn't yet figured out what to do about Sun StarOffice.
Something to ponder.
(As an aside, the Oracle lawyers might want to do their homework. It's supposed to be called OpenOffice.org, rather than OpenOffice, as the name OpenOffice is owned by someone else. I know. My wife used to be the product manager of OPEN/office.)