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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I can embed a COM component in an ODF document just as easily as I can embed one into an OOXML document, in both cases potentially tying that document to Windows if, for whatever reason, other platforms don't have the facillities to run that component.

Nothing in ODF excludes the creation of documents containing proprietary elements, just as nothing in OOXML mandates using proprietary elements.

The argument of the one-way street is disingenuous because it is mainly a matter of other office suites not offering feature parity and instead depending on the 5% or 10% theory. The people pushing ODF keep trying to turn Microsoft's feature advantage into a disadvantage. For the many people actually using Office in business processes and as a development platform, and even regular end users that have a need for certain features not available elsewhere, this criticism falls on deaf ears.

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