Since its introduction Microsoft Office has grown well beyond its initial bundle. (Picture from This Space for Rent, the blog of a railroad fan in Portland, Oregon.)
OpenOffice, meanwhile, remains pretty basic. Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, drawing, a simple database, and a math program.
So why isn't OpenOffice broader?
Well, it is.
I just got a press release from OpenProj, an open source project management application aimed at Microsoft Project. They've just been shown working with Symphony. They were helped in this by IBM engineers.
It reminds me of an old rock song, two trains running on one line, one train's me and another's a friend of mine.
If the market is to find true love, the two trains need to get together, and the base offering has to broaden. Otherwise it's all going to get left at the station.