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From Rob Weir <robw...@apache.org>
Subject Market Overview
Date Mon, 03 Dec 2012 15:30:49 GMT
Apache OpenOffice is in a market segment analysts tend to describe as
"Personal Productivity Applications" or PPA's.  Sometimes it is called
"office suites".

If you are over 40 you probably remember a time when there were
unbundled apps.  You bought a word processor from one company, maybe a
spreadsheet from another.  Microsoft introduced the "suite" concept in
1989 and since then most users deploy bundles of apps: spreadsheet,
word processor and presentation editor.

The major and minor players today are:

-- Microsoft Office:  they recently claimed 1 billion users.

-- The OpenOffice "family", which includes the legacy OpenOffice.org
(no longer developed),  Lotus Symphony, Apache OpenOffice,
LibreOffice, EuroOffice, RedOffice, etc., has probably around 100
million users.

-- WordPerfect Office Suite, market share unknown

-- KOffice, Calligra Suite, AbiWord, Gnumeric and assorted other open
source editors, market share unknown.

Exact market share numbers are hard to come by since analysts stopped
surveying market share in this segment once Microsoft Office hit 90%+.

Another complexity is that a user might use more than one product,
e.g., one at work or school and another at home.  An informal survey
on Facebook gave the breakdown as:

https://www.facebook.com/ApacheOO/timeline/story?ut=61&wstart=1349074800&wend=1351753199&hash=4719416390818977146&pagefilter=3&ustart=1

Of course doing the survey on Facebook probably biases the survey
against workplace users...

-Rob

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