Monday Jul 30, 2007

eWeek reviews Sun's ODF plugin for MS Office

    I'm on way too many email lists, and several of them are for notices from eWeek on news, etc. Mostly I delete them, but not until after a quick check for anything of interest. And today's had this item, Sun Plug-in Brings ODF Support to Microsoft Office, listed as a highlight. Overall, a reasonable review of the ODF plugin, particularly when compared with the Microsoft sponsored Open XML to ODF translator. Free, available now, support available, and is complete in itself (it doesn't require .NET or other add-ons) make it worth a look for anyone with ODF and Microsoft Office compatibility needs. Of course, I just use StarOffice :-)

    There is also mention of Massachusetts ITD effort to move to Open Standard formats, to help make documents more accessible by the citizen's of the state, as well as to protect access to the documents in the future, as proprietary formats fade away or loose compatibility. Over the years that Sun has been working with Massachusetts, I have helped out with some trouble shooting of the plugin, mostly from an installation perspective. I'm a bit more local than the StarOffice developers in Germany, and I've had enough Microsoft experience that I have a clue what they are talking about as I act as their ears and eyes over the phone. I enjoy those opportunities when I get to do hands-on, technical stuff, particularly when puzzling out an interesting problem.

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