Apple, Gobe and Future Office Software?

In, Jean-Louis Gassee (founder of Be, Inc.) writes about the state of Apple.

One interesting unknown tidbit that Gassee offers is that Apple recruited the team from GoBe back in 2001.

GoBe produced an office suite entitled GoBe Productive for Windows, Linux and BeOS platforms and made it to version 3.0. This software met positive reviews in the press.

The software featured various word processing, page design, layout, drawing, and photo components:

    Use the components separately - or combine them to experience a whole new level of productivity and power. Draw a "live" spreadsheet into your word processing page. Add an illustration and edit it on the spot. Turn the whole thing into a slide show. All the tools are at your fingertips in every document you create.

The concept is similar to a the ill-fated OpenDoc technology which Apple pushed a few years ago. With no doubt, this rumor will spawn further speculation on an significant Appleworks update, which has been rumored.