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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OOXML is dependent upon Windows in the same way ODF is dependent upon Windows. Both formats allow the embedding of elements that may not have a renderer for the specific platform which you're using. The solution in both cases is obvious -- if portability is your main concern, don't include non-portable elements. If you just need to read the document, you may still do so in many cases, with the document viewer ignoring elements it can't parse.

Is there any valid challenge to OOXML's openness from someone not pushing ODF?

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