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 OpenOffice.org 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 archiesteel on Tue 5th Dec 2006 05:58 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Say what you want"
archiesteel
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2005-07-02

Are you claiming that Microsoft is that technically inept that they wouldn't be able to make an adequate ODF filter for MS Word? Gee, I would have thought you'd have more faith in the quality of MS's workforce.

The fact that Open XML cannot be completely ported to other platforms than Windows automatically means it is inadequate. It is not a question of numbers (and I must say your 99.9% figure is exaggerated, otherwise you'd have to agree that MS has a file format monopoly). It is a question of avoiding vendor lock-in.

Thank you for clarifying this issue for me. For a moment I though MS really wanted to play nice, but now I realize it's still up to its old monopolist tricks, trying to use one quasi-monopoly (Office file formats) to maintain another one (Operating Systems).

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