The establishment of a foundation for OpenOffice.org was long overdue, however, wrote Andrew Updegrove, an attorney who founded ConsortiumInfo.org, a website that covers standards.
OpenOffice.org became the most successful competitor to Microsoft's Office franchise over the last 10 years, but Sun maintained too much control over it, Updegrove wrote. Other companies might have contributed more personnel and funding.
"The bad news is that in the same time period the OpenOffice suite could have become so much more," he wrote.
An IBM spokeswoman based in the Netherlands said the company views the latest move as another way to promote collaboration around open standards, including further adoption of the ODF document format. IBM's Symphony office productivity suite is based on OpenOffice.org technology.
The Document Foundation said it will continue to use ODF and hopes to drive its further use in government organizations and enterprises. Microsoft's Office software is compatible with ODF, but the company has advocated use of its own latest document format, Office Open XML (OOXML).
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) approved ISO/IEC DIS 29500, the official name for the OOXML specification, as a standard in August 2008.