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[News] Ekepticism Everywhere Over Microsoft's Embrace (and Extend?) of ODF

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Critics Blast Microsoft Despite ODF Support Pledge

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| Microsoft said it's going to build native ODF support into Office 2007. But 
| is that enough to satisfy the rival camp after a lengthy debate over OOXML? 


Should We Fear the (Redmond) Geeks Bearing Gifts?

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| As well as this unexpected backing, proponents of ODF should also find their 
| hand strengthened once OpenOffice.org 3.0 appears. By all accounts it's a 
| good step up from version 2.0, and that was markedly better than 1.0. 
| All-in-all, then, things are looking up for open source office suites in 
| enterprises: now might be a good time to go on the offensive.    


Microsoft's ODF Policy Gets Skeptical Reception From EU

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| Little sooner had Microsoft announced upcoming Office support for the Open 
| Document Format than the European Commission countered that it will 
| investigate to make sure such a measure actually ensures greater consumer 
| choice. Microsoft's Office 2007 will support ODF once the suite's Service 
| Pack 2 comes along. It's expected in the first half of 2009.    


Microsoft's embrace of ODF cautiously welcomed

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| A looming concern is if Microsoft's implementation of ODF within Office will 
| handle documents with the same or better performance as competing suites. 
| Microsoft has been criticized for embracing a particular standard but using 
| subtle means within its software to subvert it.    


All eyes on how Microsoft pulls off ODF support

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| European Commission, weary of dealing with Microsoft, will put the software 
| giant under the microscope 


EU to investigate Microsoft file format support.

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| Microsoft's move, also announced Wednesday, is seen as a concession to 
| regulators concerned about competition and to customers, mainly governments, 
| worried about product lock-in.  

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