Linked by Adam S on Wed 21st May 2008 19:28 UTC
Features, Office According to BetaNews, Microsoft has announced that they will support OpenDocument (ODF) and PDF in Office 2007 SP2. This comes as a major victory not only for OpenOffice.org and its offshoots, but also for open source in general. Microsoft is planning on making Office 2007 SP2 available in the first half of 2009.
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Excelent....
by grayskull on Wed 21st May 2008 20:15 UTC
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2008-02-08

Excelent, now we will have an incompatible version of ODF available only for Windows and under the Microsoft's control. This is great news.

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RE: Excelent....
by Bending Unit on Wed 21st May 2008 20:29 in reply to "Excelent...."
Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

What incompatibility have you discovered so far in your advance copy?

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RE[2]: Excelent....
by intangible on Wed 21st May 2008 22:00 in reply to "RE: Excelent...."
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

That old adage "fool me once... etc" always applies to Microsoft.

With anything MS does, it's going to be "I'll believe it when I see it" for a very long time for me. They've exhibited atrocious behavior for a long time and they aren't showing any signs of stopping the same old practices yet.

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RE: Excelent....
by lemur2 on Wed 21st May 2008 23:22 in reply to "Excelent...."
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

Excelent, now we will have an incompatible version of ODF available only for Windows and under the Microsoft's control. This is great news.


Unlike any format of Microsoft's, OpenDocument has a test suite.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument#Specifications
"There is a comprehensive set of sample documents in OpenDocument Format available. The whole test suite is available under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license."

http://testsuite.opendocumentfellowship.com/

When Office 2007 can open and save these documents flawlessly, only then can it claim that it supports ODF.

This fact IMO, coupled with the claim that it will be possible to set ODF as the default file format, makes this announcement wonderful news.

Interoperability ... finally!

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RE[2]: Excelent....
by marafaka on Fri 23rd May 2008 10:17 in reply to "RE: Excelent...."
marafaka Member since:
2006-01-03

And if they do extend it and get the twisted word out by a PR campaign? It will not even be your word against their. If there was any logic here, MS would be long dead.

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