Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 21st Nov 2005 23:51 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft intends to submit file formats for its new Office 12 applications to the European standards body ECMA International. The company hopes this will allay concern about its level of control over document formats. Update by AS: For the curious, here's a sample Office 12 file and a sample XPS file. (Note: Right click > Save As..., we're not configured to serve these files just yet.)
Thread beginning with comment 63363
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[3]: We'll see..
by japh on Tue 22nd Nov 2005 08:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: We'll see.."
japh
Member since:
2005-11-11

Well, the difference is of course that the OpenDocument standard is there because the people behind it wants an open format.
Microsoft is doing it because they're afraid to lose the EU and MA. If they wanted an open format, why have they waited until now?

Having said that: When the office format is an open standard that anyone can use for free, (even GPL licensed applications) I'll be cheering too.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[4]: We'll see..
by Tom K on Tue 22nd Nov 2005 20:45 in reply to "RE[3]: We'll see.."
Tom K Member since:
2005-07-06

Who cares why they waited until now? What counts is that they're doing something.

I could apply the same question to any number of open/closed-source projects.

Reply Parent Score: 0