Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 3rd Feb 2007 16:40 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Features, Office A Microsoft-sponsored open-source project is expected on Friday to release a translator that will convert file formats between Microsoft Office and rival standard OpenDocument, or ODF. Microsoft started the project at SourceForge last year, relying on three partners to develop the code that lets a user open and save word processor documents in two different formats.
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RE[3]: Yeah...
by hal2k1 on Sun 4th Feb 2007 06:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Yeah..."
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//I find that calling it "translator" is misleading, because it is a Word plugin. If you do not have access to a copy of MS Word, you cannot turn .doc's into ODF's with this plugin.//

That is true of any "plugin for MS Office" ... it isn't going to work without MS Office.

If you have a Windows platform, and you do not have a copy of MS Office, and you want to view ODF format documents, you can use this:

If you have a Windows platform, and you do not have a copy of MS Office, and you want to work with ODF format documents, you can use any of these:
Office suites
Application Native Status Platform Yes 4 stars Linux, Windows, Mac
StarOffice Yes 4 stars Linux, Windows
Workplace Yes 3 stars Linux, Windows

Of those choices, OpenOffice is free to use, but it is a very large download. 94 MB for the file OOo_2.1.0_Win32Intel_install_en-US.exe . has a batch translator feature. It will allow you to select a whole batch of MS Office documents and convert them all to ODF.

In the near future, the daVinci plugin, a version of MS Office and a "batch convert macro" may be able to do a better job of this task that the current OpenOffice does.

Edited 2007-02-04 06:28

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