Linked by David Adams on Tue 4th Dec 2007 19:39 UTC, submitted by michuk
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers."
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RE[8]: Silly
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Dec 2007 03:07 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Silly"
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If it were such an issue, the said company would download and install the Sun ODF plugin to Microsoft Office, which would allow end users to save their files in ODF format.

That Sun plugin isn't written by Microsoft (der), and Microsoft have managed to this very day to have still kept some parts of the document-in-memory format and their file formats (and the translation between the two) as trade secrets. So the Sun plugin does not convert documents to and from MS Office memory to the full fidelity of the ODF specification. There will be data loss.

Further, Microsoft "accidentally" introduced a "bug" in Office 2007 so that even if a suitable plugin is installed and the user attempts to open a file with an extension that indicates it is formatted for that plugin to handle, MS Office 2007 still uses its own internal format filters to try to read in that document. So it turns out that you cannot install any plugin for reading ODF via the "file open" command on MS Office 2007, no matter what you do or how good your plugin is.

Since MS Office 2007 cannot be made to read in an ODF document via the "file open" in MS Office 2007, it turns out that you cannot set MS Office 2007 as the default format for ODF files and have them open properly if you double-click on an ODF document in the file manager. In turn, this means that you cannot handle ODF files properly using sharepoint. Of course, the MS-sponsored CleverAge ODF converter is also useless in this respect.

Funny about that. Such a shame that you can't use those Sun plugins to their full potential.

<sarcasm>What a nasty and regrettable bug to have crept in to Office 2007 at the very last minute, hey! I'll bet Microsoft programmers are really really nose-to-the-grindstone fixing this one, hey! Round-the-clock efforts at Redmond here, no doubt. The pressure to ship it must be enormous.</sarcasm>

Edited 2007-12-05 03:09

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