Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Jul 2006 10:41 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft is giving in to the unrelenting pressure to be more open, particularly with regard to its Office Open XML file format and interoperability with the Open Document Format alternative. The company will announce July 6 that it has set up an open-source project to create a series of tools that allow translation between the OpenXML format and the ODF format, and which will be developed with partners. The Open XML Translator project, as it is known, will be posted on SourceForge, the open-source software development Web site.
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RE[4]: OH COME ON!!!
by Shkaba on Fri 7th Jul 2006 19:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: OH COME ON!!!"
Shkaba
Member since:
2006-06-22

I like how you keep on supporting MS even when they shift their positions completely. Demands for MS to implement ODF support can not disingenious for the simple reason that if an ISO accepted standard is adopted by all software manufacturers the only competing qualities to distinguish competing products would be reduced to the price and reliability. Guess who sucks in that area. To say "I will support ODF" and then turn around and "start a project" for somebody else to work on and throw some money at it before turning your back to it ,is VERY disingenious to say the least. This looks more like bying some time (and time is what MS seems to need lots of, lately) and appearing to support an ISO approved standard until they can be in a position to submit their own request for standard approval.

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RE[5]: OH COME ON!!!
by sappyvcv on Fri 7th Jul 2006 19:55 in reply to "RE[4]: OH COME ON!!!"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

What's wrong with changing positions?

"More and more of our customers have been asking for it, so we are going to make an effort to support it now."

What is wrong with that?

See, if they had started the project and worked on it themselves, people would make accusations of embrace/extend/extinguish, half-assed effort, etc.

So what's better than simply financially supporting an OPEN SOURCE project to do it?

I just can't understand how you're finding negative here. Again, it's open source. It's the BSD license. Anyone can take the code as it is now and continue developing it.

Christ.

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RE[6]: OH COME ON!!!
by Shkaba on Fri 7th Jul 2006 21:56 in reply to "RE[5]: OH COME ON!!!"
Shkaba Member since:
2006-06-22

What's wrong with changing positions?

Fundamentally there is nothing wrong with changing positions, providing that it is sincere and not just for the sake of PR, desperately trying to prevent further erosion of customer base, and for the purpose of bying time. What makes me very doubtfull about this initiative is MS push to obtain ISO for "OpenXML". What benefit is there to having two standards? Look at metric and imperial standards, isn't the existance of the two just a source for confusion and costly mistakes(NASA)?. If ODF indeed presents some limitations why not join in and make it better for every one's benefit ... Instead MS chooses, like always, to break established practices (ie PATH in unix and windows) and re-invent the wheel albeit a crooked one but MS-wheel nonetheless

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