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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Big implications
by seguso on Tue 5th Dec 2006 08:05 UTC
seguso
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2005-06-29

If OpenOffice.org has full support for MSOffice's new format, then you are free to switch from MSOffice to Openoffice, that is, vendor-lock in does not exist anymore. And therefore competition is now fair. But then, this means that Microsoft is no more evil. The difference between, say, Google and Microsoft is vendor lock-in.

However, this seems a counterproductive move for Microsoft, so I am puzzled.

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RE: Big implications
by smitty on Tue 5th Dec 2006 08:11 in reply to "Big implications"
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2005-10-13

However, this seems a counterproductive move for Microsoft, so I am puzzled.

Not really - it basically get rid of the main reason for ODF's existence, or at least it's growing relevance. Think Massachusetts. Without a serious threat from ODF, MS's format will remain dominant for the foreseeable future. Even if you think MS will play fair, they no doubt think they can implement an office suite that will interact with their own format better than a competitors, and that the reverse would be true for their competition. It also leaves available the option to go dirty, by extending the format back into one that only works with MS Office. I'm not sure that will actually happen, but I am pretty sure that having that option was a plus for MS. Especially when you consider their alternative.

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