Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Mar 2007 23:08 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft Office program manager Brian Jones, whose work has centered around the Open XML document format, now says the so-called format war with OpenDocument is officially over. The winner, he says, is both. Jones made the statement in a blog post over the weekend following the release by Novell of an Open XML translator for OpenOffice. The plug-in enables the free, open source productivity suite to open documents created in the Microsoft format, as well as saving OpenDocument files into Open XML.
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RE[11]: because they lost...
by nberardi on Wed 7th Mar 2007 21:57 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: because they lost..."
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Define open for me. There is a list as long as both your arms and ample evidence that OOXML cannot be implemented outside of Microsoft Office. I suggest you read it.

Really so the OOXML plug-in for OOo didn't happen and is all vaporware?

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RE[12]: because they lost...
by Finalzone on Wed 7th Mar 2007 23:20 in reply to "RE[11]: because they lost..."
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Franky, other than Microsoft and perhaps Novell, who wants to make a plugin for a format that still does vendor lock-in, has 6000 pages specifications that will take years to read and understand?

Edited 2007-03-07 23:22

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RE[12]: because they lost...
by segedunum on Thu 8th Mar 2007 16:58 in reply to "RE[11]: because they lost..."
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Really so the OOXML plug-in for OOo didn't happen and is all vaporware?

Have a read through the OOXML objections, as you've been pointed to on numerous occasions.

Additionally, you seem to have the memory of a goldfish, because it's already been pointed out that the OOXML plugin for Open Office is absolutely nowhere near being complete to a point where it would be of any use. Have a look at the huge amount of work involved, and this is for Microsoft's Mac Office where this should be technically within their reach! :-

The objections listed for OOXML being approved as an ISO standard also list ample reasons as to why the Open Office plugin can never be complete, in exactly the same way as it cannot, and can never have, complete support for existing MS Office binary formats.

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