Big Blue can still pack a punch in the Web 2.0 world. Silicon Valley’s eyes have been turned this week on the TechCrunch40 conference (see note below), a coming-out party for the Valley’s hottest new internet companies. How ironic, then, that some of the biggest news has come from an old tech giant that was conspicuously absent.
IBM has said it will distribute a version of Open Office, the open-source office productivity suite, to run with its Lotus Notes software. While Web 2.0 start-ups are racing to out-do each other with new online Office-type applications, IBM has just dusted off an old Microsoft competitor and given it a fresh coat of paint. Read more