Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Jul 2006 10:41 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft is giving in to the unrelenting pressure to be more open, particularly with regard to its Office Open XML file format and interoperability with the Open Document Format alternative. The company will announce July 6 that it has set up an open-source project to create a series of tools that allow translation between the OpenXML format and the ODF format, and which will be developed with partners. The Open XML Translator project, as it is known, will be posted on SourceForge, the open-source software development Web site.
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RE[10]: OH COME ON!!!
by Shkaba on Sat 8th Jul 2006 02:35 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: OH COME ON!!!"
Shkaba
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I am confused .... I just read the article again and for your conveniance here is a part of it :

"In other words, the motivation for the creation of these translation tools was "not about an overwhelming response from enterprises and other customers seeking ODF support," but rather to respond to governmental concerns about being able to communicate with constituents that might choose to make use of the ODF, Matusow said."

Am I reading this wrongly, or are you talking about some other news? I would think MS employees would be on the same page on this one. As for people that are naive enough to think that there is a true change in MS position on openning up, here is another part that sheds some light:

"The move comes hot on the heels of news that the OpenDocument Foundation planned to present Massachusetts with an Office plug-in that would allow Office users to open, render and save to ODF files, while also allowing translation of documents between Microsoft's binary (.doc, .xls, .ppt) or XML formats and ODF."

Increased customer demand, users crying for a tool like WGA, value added to terminal services in windows 2003 server (so now you have to purchase license) ... all these are standard MS catch phrases, that people don't buy any more (or at least are buying less).

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