The WHIR team is headed home after spending nearly a week in Rust for the WHD.global 2013 event. I feel fortunate that I was able to meet with a lot of new companies, and learn more about the hosting and cloud market in Europe, which is vastly different from the market in North America.
Over the next couple of months leading up to our European WHIR networking events in May, expect to learn more about how to expand from the US to Europe, and how different countries within Europe approach cloud in their region.
In the meantime, take a look at some of the news that came out of the conference, because there is some really cool stuff happening in the industry right now, including Open-Xchange building an open source office productivity suite after hiring the development team behind OpenOffice. I talked to Open-Xchange CEO Rafael Laguna about OX Documents, and about some of the frustrations and limitations of current browser-based text editors, including formatting. OX Documents lets you work on a shared document that is an OpenOffice or Microsoft file without changing the formatting, which as a writer, I can appreciate.
Did you attend WHD.global this year? How did you think it compared to last year’s event? What did you learn? Let us know in a comment.