Microsoft To Cooperate In Building Office OpenDocument Support - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Microsoft To Cooperate In Building Office OpenDocument Support

Translation tools between OpenDocument Format and Microsoft's Open XML will be posted on SourceForge and freely available, the company says.

It looks like Microsoft Office will, after all, support the OpenDocument Format. Sort of.

The company said early Thursday that it has created an Open XML Translator project through which partners will help it build interop between Microsoft Office Open XML Formats and ODF.

Key partners in this effort are Clever Age, Aztecsoft and Dialogika, Microsoft said in a statement.

The "technical bridge" tools will be free downloads. A prototype of a translator for the upcoming Word 2007 product will be posted today to SourceForge, the company said in a statement.

Office 2007 is now due broadly early next year.

Microsoft has been under fire in Europe and in Massachusetts over what critics say is intransigence on the file format issue. They say Microsoft wants to lock customers into a proprietary world that locks out competitive applications.

In some cases it has been caught between a rock and a hard place. It planned to add a "save to PDF" feature in Office 2007 but pulled it after objections from Adobe Systems. The state of Massachusetts mandated that future productivity software be able to work with PDF and ODF file formats, which helped force Microsoft's hand, although even that state's implementation plans remain up in the air.

In May, the OpenDocument Foundation announced an ODF plug-in for Office

Software rivals have been quick to jump on Microsoft for these file format woes while Microsoft maintains that its Office Open XML formats are open.

IBM recently said its upcoming Notes client will support ODF.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
Download this report from InformationWeek, in partnership with Dark Reading, to learn more about how today's IT operations teams work with cybersecurity operations, what technologies they are using, and how they communicate and share responsibility--or create risk by failing to do so. Get it now!
Slideshows
10 Cyberattacks on the Rise During the Pandemic
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  6/24/2020
News
IT Trade Shows Go Virtual: Your 2020 List of Events
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/29/2020
Commentary
Study: Cloud Migration Gaining Momentum
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  6/22/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll