Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2007 17:11 UTC, submitted by vhaarr
Microsoft "This paper examines whether OOXML can be fully implemented by vendors other than Microsoft and concludes that a number of application specific and undisclosed behaviours (as well as a number of other technical flaws) in the proposed standard make this impossible. Also while Microsoft has waived patent claims for the explicit and required parts of the specification it is clearly stated that this does not extend to the undisclosed behaviours or ambiguous definitions, providing a legal as well as technical barrier to OOXML's implementation."
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the average consumer has no clue about ODF. They see the name of the product which is Open Office and the format is in XML.

so, by that measure, it seems like MS Office Open XML, is the same thing,but from Microsoft.

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