What are the implications of "getting it out there"? It means that the KOffice team will now have "release often" on their mind, it means early adopting testers can more easily grab KOffice 2 for their operating system of choice and start testing it and it means that people who are interested in getting involved with KOffice as contributors can now feel confident that they are getting involved with something that isn't a vapour(ware) trail but something real that does real, actual releases.
This is not unlike the KDE 4.0 release, actually. I hope everyone has learned enough about "getting it out there" platform releases to make this first set of steps work well for KOffice 2 and the people behind it. That means not rushing to make it the default in operating system releases, testing it with the realization that there are many cracks left to be plastered over, etc.
The image Cyrile used on his blog entry announcing KOffice 2.0.0 sums it up visually just perfectly:
Together, including those of us who don't contribute to KOffice directly, we can make this a great success. I'm really happy for and proud of the KOffice team, and I hope you can be as well.
Kexi and Krita are my personal faves, but the entire suite holds immense promise.
You can read more about the release by visiting KOffice 2.0.0 article on TheDot or visting the release announcement from the KOffice project itself.