Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Mar 2007 23:08 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft Office program manager Brian Jones, whose work has centered around the Open XML document format, now says the so-called format war with OpenDocument is officially over. The winner, he says, is both. Jones made the statement in a blog post over the weekend following the release by Novell of an Open XML translator for OpenOffice. The plug-in enables the free, open source productivity suite to open documents created in the Microsoft format, as well as saving OpenDocument files into Open XML.
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RE[10]: because they lost...
by ichi on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:14 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: because they lost..."
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You know it's really amazing seeing you guys talk about Open formats. Because both are Open.

No matter how many times you repeat it, OOXML is only as open as the undocumented specs it inherits. That is, not open at all.

If Microsoft invented a cure for cancer, and gave it away for free, all you guys would be arguing over if the process for the cure of cancer was open.

If a cure for cancer was developed and MS came with a pack of tobacco, you'd be argueing MS' solution was better because it's backwards compatible.

I have seen the OOS community totally ignore .NET because it came from Microsoft, even though it is more open and more standardized than Java.

Well, I don't like java, you'll need another argument to disqualify my opinion on this.

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