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 OpenOffice.org 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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Why importers for Linux are a waste
by Headrush on Fri 8th Dec 2006 16:51 UTC
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2006-01-03

[quote]Whats foolish is that its practically impossible to write an importer for Microsoft's format that is anywhere near complete, due to the fact that its not just a fileformat, its an accumulation of all things that happened in the last 10 years with MSOffice. Including bitfields and exceptions like "interpret this bit as X when it comes from Mac, as Y when it comes from Win32 and even different when its written before date Z".
No wonder the format is 7000 page long!

If it takes Microsoft at least a year to finish import (not export) on their Mac version of Word, which already has all the features, and they can reuse the code from Windows, then no other office suite will reach an acceptable interoperability level in this decade. And probably not for many years after that either.[/endquote]

Well said.

You're living in la la land if your really think MS is going to let other products have the same level of functionality of Word so fast. It doesn't make business sense.

Edited 2006-12-08 16:53

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