Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Aug 2009 22:04 UTC
Microsoft Just when you thought the world couldn't get any crazier, something happens that makes you move your expectations of the world up a few nothces. We already have to deal with the browser ballot, but that's not the only ballot Microsoft will deliver. Hold on to your panties, as Microsoft will also offer a file format ballot in Microsoft Office 2010. On a happier note, Microsoft makes a whole load of promises to the EU about opening up technologies and file formats.
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This ballot isn't needed.
by Drumhellar on Thu 6th Aug 2009 23:32 UTC
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

Microsoft could accomplish the same thing without the ballot. All they need is an option buried somewhere to set the default file format to ODF. There isn't any need to stick that up front. It'll just confuse users who don't know which is the most appropriate choice.

I think Office should stick with its own formats by default. They are the ones that work best within the Office family, after all.

Edited 2009-08-06 23:33 UTC

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RE: This ballot isn't needed.
by kenji on Thu 6th Aug 2009 23:54 in reply to "This ballot isn't needed."
kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

Microsoft could accomplish the same thing without the ballot. All they need is an option buried somewhere to set the default file format to ODF. There isn't any need to stick that up front. It'll just confuse users who don't know which is the most appropriate choice.

I think Office should stick with its own formats by default. They are the ones that work best within the Office family, after all.


You can bet your bacon that the default is *.docx (or whatever the extetension is for version 14). By default I mean the first choice on the list and most likely the one highlighted.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

And perhaps with a little "recommended" next to it or, if that is too blatant, some other way of subtly hinting that it is better than the alternatives.

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PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

This already exists in Office 2007 SP2. One of the options is ODF (in addition to such venerable formats as DOC and WordPerfect).

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

This already exists in Office 2007 SP2. One of the options is ODF (in addition to such venerable formats as DOC and WordPerfect).


It doesn't work.

Of all the existing implementations of ODF, Microsoft's is by far the most non-compliant and the only one that doesn't interoperate.

There are at least two plugins from other companies that work far better.

If one was cynical, it would seem that Microsoft sought out as many parts of the ODF specification that could possibly be interpreted in different ways as it could, and then implemented ODF 1.0 in an incompatible and non-interoperable way under that different interpretation.

Such a pity that Microsoft now has to undo all that sabotage effort they have put in if they want to be compliant with ODF 1.2.

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