Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Dec 2006 22:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novell's announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format. The release candidate of Novell's modified version of 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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Novell has been a long time OpenXML backer
by MollyC on Mon 4th Dec 2006 23:58 UTC
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This isn't a surprise. Novell has been supporting OpenXML since it's inception as a proposed ECMA standard, and is a member of the ECMA committee that worked on it. They already added SpreadsheetML (the spreadsheet portion of OpenXML) to Gnumeric. Apple is also a member of the OpenXML ECMA committee, and it's likely that the next version of iWork will support OpenXML.

A list of the ECMA OpenXML committee members can be found here:

Adding OpenXML support to (along with other apps doing the same, such as Corel adding OpenXML support to WordPerfect) puts an end to the FUD purpetrated by certain posters to osnews that OpenXML isn't cross platform, only works in MS Office, blah blah blah.

Edited 2006-12-05 00:05

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hal2k1 Member since:

//OpenXML isn't cross platform//

Well, it isn't. Not fully. OpenXML still includes myriad dependencies on Windows platforms, so that OpenXML documents created in Office 2007 will not fully open properly even in this announced version of OpenOffice from Novell.

So where, pray tell, is the announcement of "Microsoft Office for Linux"?

Then, and only then, would OpenXML be fully cross-platform.

Until we see that offering, then using ODF format is still by far & away the better option. If you want to stick with Windows, then use the soon-to-be-released plugin for ODF sponsored by the OpenDocument alliance (not the one sponsored by Microsoft, get the good one).

Whatever you do, do not save your documents in OpenXML format. It will cost you plenty downstream if you do.

Edited 2006-12-05 00:42

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n4cer Member since:

OOXML is dependent upon Windows in the same way ODF is dependent upon Windows. Both formats allow the embedding of elements that may not have a renderer for the specific platform which you're using. The solution in both cases is obvious -- if portability is your main concern, don't include non-portable elements. If you just need to read the document, you may still do so in many cases, with the document viewer ignoring elements it can't parse.

Is there any valid challenge to OOXML's openness from someone not pushing ODF?

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