Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Dec 2006 22:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novell's announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format. The release candidate of Novell's modified version of 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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RE: ah...
by renox on Mon 4th Dec 2006 23:31 UTC in reply to "ah..."
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Perhaps, but that doesn't matter in the issue, one strong point of OOo over say KOffice is that it is able to convert .doc better.
Being able to read OpenXML file is a good thing too.

These capacity are *necessary* to be able to switch: currently the default is .doc soon, it will be OpenXML so to switch to OOo you need to be able to read all those existing documents.

Of course, those who believe that OpenXML is a truly free format suitable for use without having to pay Microsoft tax are seriously misguided, but that's another issue entirely.

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