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OpenOffice.org 3.0 Released
on Mon 13th Oct 2008 11:36 UTC, submitted by
After three years of development, OOo 3.0 is
with a bunch of new features and enhancements. Linux Format
looks at the changes
and rates the suite's overall performance, and you can try it yourself by downloading a copy
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OOXML - error in the Linux Format article
on Tue 14th Oct 2008 02:01 UTC
This version is able to import files in the new Microsoft Word format, OOXML. These are recognised by the additional x in the file extension. OpenOffice.org's support for .docx, .xlsx and .pptx is currently read-only, but that is all you need to share documents with users of Office 2007, as you can save in the older Microsoft Office formats (which all Office 2007 programs can read). OOXML write support would be useful in a heterogeneous environment, but we will have to wait a little longer for that. Some distros already include some OOXML support in OpenOffice.org 2.4, but having it as a core feature is an improvement.
AFAIK, that is not quite correct. OpenOffice 3.0 does not support reading OOXML format files.
OpenOffice 3.0 can read .docx, .xlsx and .pptx files, (which is the default save formats for Office 2007), but not OOXML files.
There is no product at all that can even write (let alone read) OOXML files ... ISO hasn't even released the specification yet.
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