Developers of OpenOffice Open Discussion of Retiring Project
In tech news today — OpenOffice, a popular free alternative to Microsoft Office, may be shutting down.
The developers of the open source project opened up a discussion about the retirement of the project, starting with a email to project contributors last week.
In the early 2000’s the OpenOffice project was a popular alternative to the Microsoft suite, but over time the project’s user base has declined.
The project at one time had the backing of big name tech companies, including IBM, who used the program in some of their software distributions. However these companies have pulled their support of the project, putting the future of the software into question.
In the email, the developers of OpenOffice noted that the number of people working on the project has dwindled to a half dozen volunteers. This has led to the number of updates and the speed at which they’re released to be greatly reduced.
That causes security concerns for the program, as the project may lack the ability to quickly address security flaws that could compromise users’ information.
The developers were quick to point out that OpenOffice is not shutting down at this moment, and this discussion was only opened to allow any retirement that may occur in the future to be planned and graceful.