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March 25, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:41pm


By CBR Staff Writer

If anyone needed any further confirmation that OpenDoc is a closed book then look no further than yesterday’s winding up of Component Integration Labs Inc. The non-profit association was charged by its sponsors IBM Corp, Apple Computer Inc and Novell Inc with evangelizing the compound document architecture against Microsoft Corp’s Object Linking and Embedding. All three companies have radically reduced their investment in OpenDoc; whatever CI Labs assets remain will be returned to the sponsors. They include unspecified monies, rights to OpenDoc validation code, LiveObjects branding and trademark licensing (LiveObjects is the name CI Labs gave to OpenDoc components), rights to license OpenDoc and IBM System Object Model ORB, plus information on some 3,000 developers. Its offices revert back to Apple. There are 15 staff, turn OpenDoc over to universities in the hope it’ll achieve a Linux-like freeware stature. The sponsors will return rights to technology updates.

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