Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 18th May 2010 21:38 UTC
Google "Google's hackles are raised over Microsoft's claim that Google Docs doesn't work well with Office files, and in fact, has a tendency to butcher Office's page design elements. Alex Payne, Director, Online Product Management, Microsoft, said Office and Google Docs don't play well together because Google Docs converts Office files into a different file format for viewing and editing, which strips out fonts, styles, charts, and other page elements. On Wednesday, Google said it has made a lot of progress in maintaining document fidelity when importing Microsoft Office documents into Google Docs. But Google apparently also sees some irony in Microsoft's reasoning."
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What caught my eye is...
by plague on Wed 19th May 2010 18:04 UTC
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"Microsoft says it has worked extensively on preserving document fidelity, and Payne said Office files viewed on a rich client are "almost identical" to those viewed through a browser using Microsoft's Office Web Apps, the free versions of which will launch in June."

Almost identical.. Keyword: Almost. They can't even handle their own format the same way in the different versions of their own office products. And that they even need to state that they have "worked extensively on preserving document fidelity" with their own format is just sad.

Add to that, that they still haven't been able to implement (or so they claim) the ISO standard version of OOXML in any of their office products and won't do so until atleast the next version (not 2010), just makes this all the more ridiculous in my opinion.

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