Microsoft's national technology officer, Stuart McKee, speaking at a panel at the Red Hat Summit in Boston, said:
This is one of the first times that dominant player Microsoft has been unable to impose its standard upon the rest of the industry, and that can be seen as a major victory for competition. As Sun's Douglas Johnson said: "The office-suite market has been ruled by one dominant player after another, but those markets were never governed by good open standards practices. What has happened is that this dominant-player market has actually been upset and opened to competition that didn't exist before."
Microsoft will deliver ODF support with the second service pack for Office 2007, scheduled for the first half of 2009.