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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//OpenXML isn't cross platform//

Well, it isn't. Not fully. OpenXML still includes myriad dependencies on Windows platforms, so that OpenXML documents created in Office 2007 will not fully open properly even in this announced version of OpenOffice from Novell.

So where, pray tell, is the announcement of "Microsoft Office for Linux"?

Then, and only then, would OpenXML be fully cross-platform.

Until we see that offering, then using ODF format is still by far & away the better option. If you want to stick with Windows, then use the soon-to-be-released plugin for ODF sponsored by the OpenDocument alliance (not the one sponsored by Microsoft, get the good one).

Whatever you do, do not save your documents in OpenXML format. It will cost you plenty downstream if you do.

Edited 2006-12-05 00:42

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