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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Sorry, this is a translation problem. In German, "Industriestandard" describes what is correctly called "de facto standard" in english.

You're right, the OpenXML format has its drawbacks and should be avoided. Still OOo users can only benefit from the support for that format. OOo has to be able to exchange documents with MS Office. It's bad the way it is.

I never intended to defend OpenXML (see the caption), but the piece of software written by Novell. I can perfectly understand that Microsoft wouldn't switch to ODT per default though, I wouldn't either on their side.

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