So there has been a lot of discussion both internally and externally about the attachment viewer and if it should support viewing Microsoft Office and Symphony files. One solution would be to extend the attachment viewer that uses OpenOffice.org API’s to do the previewing of the files. This of course would require Open Office to be installed on the desktop. So I ask this question, is that even a viable option for companies at this point? What is the reality of relying on an open source office suite? We could even use Symphony to do the conversion and preview but I am not confident enough people actually use Symphony (except IBM) on an enterprise level. So what are you thoughts? Feel free to comment here or email me privately. I would be interested to hear direct feedback on this before I go off and attempt anything.