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Monday, 01 February 2010 09:56

Danes to go the ODF route

Denmark has announced that it will stop using some Microsoft document formats and move to the open document format (ODF) in April next year.
Published in Open Sauce
The European Journal of ePractice has just published a research report showing that the achievement of wide-scale implementation depends not only on the openness of the process, but also on the willingness to negotiate and achieve a compromise.

Published in A Meaningful Look
The introduction of Office 2007 brought a wave of document compatibility issues for users of Office 2004, but Microsoft has at last delivered a non-beta version of its Open XML File Format Converter for Mac. And while ODF support has been promised for Office 2007 SP2, there's no sign of it for Office 2008.

Published in Core Dump
So, Corel has launched its latest version of WordPerfect Office. What have they done to make it better than Office 2007, better than the free Open Office, and better than web apps like Google Docs? Turns out there’s some key new features which are very attractive - but are they enough to make you switch – or even take notice?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Microsoft is planning on releasing SP2 in 2009, with support to save documents in ODF format as standard, in the name of ‘interoperability’, while adding PDF and XPS save/export compatibility without requiring any add-on software. The EU’s Commission has ‘taken note’ and welcomed the decision, while promising to investigate it further. What does this mean?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 14:54

Uh-oh... Microsoft Office 2007 not OK with OOXML

A test of Office 2007’s compatibility in outputting OOXML compliant documents has shown that Microsoft’s latest Office suite generates files with errors, failing the test. But is this really a surprise?

Published in Fuzzy Logic
Thursday, 03 April 2008 06:33

What the OOXML fiasco can teach us

The late Charles M. Schulz, the genius behind Peanuts, could make a much more telling comment on human foibles through one of his cartoon strips than many a writer can in 1000 words.
Published in Open Sauce
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 18:45

OOXML passes with minimal approval

The Microsoft Office Open XML document format has been accepted as a standard by the International Standards Organisation with minimal approval.

Published in Open Sauce
Thursday, 27 March 2008 21:42

OOXML: decision time is nigh

In a few days the fate of Microsoft's Office Open XML will be known - whether it will be accepted as a second ISO standard for documents. Two years ago, the Open Document Format was ratified as a standard.
Published in Open Sauce
Wednesday, 26 March 2008 03:01

Microsoft contributes to Apache POI project

Microsoft has announced that it will - with a European partner - contribute to an open-source project for reading and writing Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Visio files.

Published in Open Source
In the wake of the ISO rejecting Microsoft's OOXML document format as an international standard, Microsoft has launched its Document Interoperability Initiative pledging to work with industry to ensure its document formats remain interchangeable with industry standards.
Published in Open Source
Monday, 03 March 2008 09:47

Zoho adds support for Microsoft DOCX

Online office applications provider, Zoho, has added support for DOCX, the Microsoft Open Office XML format for Microsoft Office Word 2007 and says it intends to support all Office 2007 XML-based file formats. The move will make the software-as-a-service more attractive to the enterprise market.
Friday, 22 February 2008 07:29

Office 2008 update delays Open XML converter

Microsoft is pressing ahead with an updater to fix "high-priority issues" in Office 2008 - but the early release will come at the expense of users who have stuck with Office 2004.

Monday, 11 February 2008 20:19

OOXML: disquiet across the Tasman

In a few short weeks, it will be time for national standards bodies to decide whether the Microsoft Office Open XML specification will be accepted as an ISO standard or not.
Published in Open Sauce
Monday, 21 January 2008 02:05

Microsoft Office 2008: first look

It's been a long time coming, but an Intel-native version of Microsoft's Office suite for Mac OS X is finally with us.

Published in Core Dump
Thursday, 17 January 2008 20:45

OOXML: the propaganda war has begun

The first salvo in the document standard war of 2008 has been fired - and, predictably, it favours the Microsoft camp. A study by the Burton Group, a firm of consultants, has come down hard on the side of Microsoft Office Open XML.

Published in Open Sauce
The European Commission has initiated two new antitrust investigations against Microsoft for alleged abuse of a dominant market position one of which follows a complaint by Opera over non-standard features of Microsoft's Explorer browser. The other concerns interoperability.
Published in Strategy
Dutch not-for-profit venture capitalist NLnet Foundation has called on Microsoft to release its older file formats into the public domain to enable businesses, open source-developers and the standards community to better access their own documents in the future, and to help them get Microsoft's products to work with the new open standard ODF.
Published in Open Source
Friday, 21 December 2007 05:33

Microsoft reissues Mac OOXML converter

A new beta of the Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac has appeared on Microsoft's web site, but there is no indication of any functional changes.

Thursday, 20 December 2007 21:25

OOXML: move the goalposts, avoid facing the obvious

Last week, following a radio discussion, linux.com writer Bruce Byfield characterised two opposing FOSS camps in the OOXML debate who participated in that discussion as being "closer than they have appeared in the past."
Published in Open Sauce
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