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 OpenOffice.org 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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Novell has been a long time OpenXML backer
by MollyC on Mon 4th Dec 2006 23:58 UTC
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2006-07-04

This isn't a surprise. Novell has been supporting OpenXML since it's inception as a proposed ECMA standard, and is a member of the ECMA committee that worked on it. They already added SpreadsheetML (the spreadsheet portion of OpenXML) to Gnumeric. Apple is also a member of the OpenXML ECMA committee, and it's likely that the next version of iWork will support OpenXML.

A list of the ECMA OpenXML committee members can be found here:
http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2006/10/09/Office-Open-XM...

Adding OpenXML support to OpenOffice.org (along with other apps doing the same, such as Corel adding OpenXML support to WordPerfect) puts an end to the FUD purpetrated by certain posters to osnews that OpenXML isn't cross platform, only works in MS Office, blah blah blah.

Edited 2006-12-05 00:05

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