http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid= ... d2k.YdQZ.Y
The plan escalates Google’s rivalry with Microsoft, which extends to Web search, browsers and business applications such as word processing and spreadsheets. Windows, Microsoft’s flagship product, runs about 90 percent of the world’s personal computers. Google is also trying to spur Web-ad sales after reporting its first sequential revenue drop as a public company.
I don't know that it will do anything for Linux, people wont even understand/care or know that Linux is the underlying OS they would be using, just that it is Google OS on their netbook
--I don't really see the netbook trend continuing much longer, as people get somewhat tired of its limitations, and as lighter weight normally sourced notebooks (laptops..) come on offer.....such as word processing and spreadsheets. Windows, Microsoft's flagship product, ... That's it, that's the target, Windows office suite; which some would consider the more important revenue stream for Microsoft, and unfortunately embedded into corporations..
--OpenOffice tried with ODF (Open Document Format), but Microsoft managed to get docxml accepted or pending acceptance as a document standard; instead of subscribing to an open document format, that would allow free interchange between different word processors or office systems..http://xml.openoffice.org/
The OpenOffice.org application uses the OpenDocument file format (also known as ODF) as native file format. This means, OpenOffice.org stores all documents in OpenDocument file format unless the user requests to store them in a different file format.
However, due to the changes introduced in a later version, Office 2007 is not entirely in compliance with ISO/IEC 29500:2008. Microsoft has stated that the planned Microsoft Office 2010 will be the first version to implement the ISO/IEC 29500:2008 compliant version of Office Open XML.
In Office 2007 Microsoft introduced a new file format called the Microsoft Open Office XML Format (.docx). This format is not compatible with older versions of Microsoft Word or with alternative operating systems like Linux or Mac OS X. Nor is it compatible with other word processing applications like OpenOffice, Lotus 123, or NeoOffice.
And whether an on-line office or windows OS substitute will succeed is still up for debate, as there have been plenty of small competitors trying to find a niche or unseat Microsoft in the OS or applications wars..
--none has so far been wildly successful
from Beos 1999 BEIA to cloud computing todayhttp://www.theregister.co.uk/1999/03/03 ... _internet/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing