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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RE[7]: Say what you want
by hal2k1 on Tue 5th Dec 2006 02:08 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Say what you want"
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//features available in their product of choice because ODF can't currently support them//

Which features are these?

Remember, Microsoft were a participant of the ODF committee. If there is any Microsoft-only feature within an office format and interoperation protocols that ODF cannot "connect" to, then it is that way only because Microsoft refused to open up the interface to let ODF interoperate with that.

Microsoft had two options that would have achieved interoperability: (1) support interoperability by adopting ODF and the other attendant features such as SVG, ogg & SIML, or (2) open up their own formats to allow competing products to be written (even as open source), including all of the attendant features such as ActiveX, wmv, wma, OLE, binary blobs from legacy MS Office formats, exchange connector, etc, etc, etc.

Microsoft have done neither of these. People should abandon Microsofts offerings for this reason.

Edited 2006-12-05 02:15

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RE[8]: Say what you want
by BluenoseJake on Tue 5th Dec 2006 16:25 in reply to "RE[7]: Say what you want"
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wmv and wma are supported on other OS's, so that point is not valid. Even if your distro does not distribute them, they are available for OS X,Linux and FreeBSD, among others.

If you embed an older Office doc into a new OpenXML document, Openoffice should be able to handle those, as it handles exisiting Office docs just fine, so I believe that is also a moot point.

as far as ActiveX/OLE are concerned, you are correct.

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RE[9]: Say what you want
by trinitrotolueen on Tue 5th Dec 2006 16:29 in reply to "RE[8]: Say what you want"
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I'm glad ActiveX isn't supported and hope it remains so.The day linux is running *.exe files based on extension i will definitely seek /home elsewhere.

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