__/ [ Jim ] on Tuesday 23 May 2006 20:41 \__
> Erik Funkenbusch wrote:
>> Not trying to spam the group, but several people i've had discussions in
>> the group with about Office 2007 commented they might try it when the
>> public beta was available, and it now is:
>> Even if you hate Microsoft, know they enemy ;)
> meh, think I'll skip that one. I'll come across it during my travels no
> doubt, but for me? I'll stick with openoffice.
Speaking of Open, check out the following:
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| Microsoft also introduces in Office 2007 a new XML-based file format--
| Open XML--for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Instead of seeing files with the
| extensions.doc, .xls and .ppt, respectively, users will see .docx, .pptx
| and .xlsx. This could be confusing and disruptive if a document in the
| new format is sent to a user with an older version of Office.
Doesn't the term "Open XML" disturb you as well? It's the same shite
(formats), only wrapped in a tree structure. It's no RDF. The use of the
term XL is often used in the context of openness and data exchanges.
Microsoft try to capitalise on buzzwords (ruining them in the process)
rather than concentrate on substance and fairness.
This transition forces users to upgrade yet again. Ian made a nice comment
about the intent or the essence of this XML 'format', which is by no means
a standard, and judging by professional's word, will never become one
either. It is bound to a single existing implementation.
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