Wednesday May 21, 2008

Office 2007 won't support ISO's OOXML

Reading the announcement that Microsoft will implement ODF in Office 2007, it's also interesting to read that they will NOT support the ISO version of OOXML in Office 2007.

Note that, for good reasons, also OpenOffice.org doesn't claim to support OOXML, but to implement import filters for the MS Office 2007 document formats.

The new filters will become available in OpenOffice.org 3.0, which is already available as a beta version.

 

 


Microsoft to implement ODF in Office 2007

Here are the news!

Sure we can't know how good their ODF support will be, but it's great that they start a native implementation for ODF now, coming with SP2 first half of 2009.

Seems, for now, they only plan to have ODF for Word.

If this is not enough for you, you are still invited to use our free ODF Plugin for MS Office, which gives you high quality ODF support in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


Monday Jan 14, 2008

Nice ODF article

I just stumbled over the article  "Dispelling Myths Around ODF" from Erwin.

Really worth reading, IMHO...

 

 

Monday May 14, 2007

Locking yourself into OfficeOpenXML and Office 2007 made easy

I just stumbled over this really funny and interesting blog entry:

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9584_22-6183476.html


It's about Office 2007 trial versions, which allow you to store your files only in OOXML, even clipboard exchange with other applications seems to be disabled.

So when the 30 days trial period ends, you have two "choices": Buy Office 2007 for being able to access your own documents, or find some tool for converting your documents from OOXML to some really open document format, like ODF

Finding some tool sounds reasonable, but AFAIK there is no final version of any such tool available right now, so you might loose some formatting or even some data!

I especially enjoyed the sentence “Choice is an optional extra, only available after purchase” :)

ODF is supported by different open source and closed source products, for example Sun StarOffice, OpenOffice.org, IBM Notes 8, KOffice, Google Docs & Spreadsheets and many more.

No risk to get locked into software by one particular vendor!

 

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