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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Missing the point
by Headrush on Tue 5th Dec 2006 15:44 UTC
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So many posts talking about how this is good for OO users, blah, blah. This may be true from a user point of view that you can work in an MS Office environment better, but this "arrangement" is much big than just that.

What happens when MS changes/modifies the format and is slow to publish or give the changes to Novell? You have a temporarily crippled version. You might think that in a month or so we will get the update, but this does not fly in business situations.

So what does MS gain? Legally they can now say, we don't have a monopoly, see we use this format and Novel OO can use it. But in actually they still control the format and the market and can use that strength to control marketshare.

So what incentive does MS now have to really give a 100% effort in developing/maintaining the odt format? None.
In the long run this hurts all Linux apps using the odt format, not just OO.

Edited 2006-12-05 15:45

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