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[News] Microsoft Tries to Save Cash Cow Office by Announcing Vapourare (ODF Support)

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Tries to Save Cash Cow Office by Announcing Vapourare (ODF Support)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 01:30:27 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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| Now Microsoft customers are faced with the Microsoft vaporware problem. 
| Microsoft is asking customers to hold off buying any ODF compliant software 
| until Microsoft produces one. Any Microsoft customer who is planning to move 
| to ODF must ask themselves the following questions before they decide to wait 
| for Microsoft to fulfill their promise.    


Microsoft Office 2007 to Support ODF - and not OOXML

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| Regardless of the motivation, today's announcement is indeed good news for 
| everyone that believes in open document formats in general, and in ODF in 
| particular.  Once Office users can round trip documents with ODF users, and  
| vice versa, the frequency of that process should begin to increase.  
| Hopefully, Microsoft's  years-long delay in agreeing to participate in the 
| ODF working group will allow better interoperability as well over time.    


Next Office 2007 service pack will include ODF, PDF support options

,----[ Quote ]
| In a breakthrough development, Microsoft has announced its future editions of 
| Microsoft Office, beginning with Service Pack 2 for Office 2007, will enable 
| users to choose OpenDocument support as an alternate default option.  


Microsoft boosts support for rival formats in Office

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| Now, the company is going a step further by building ODF and PDF support 
| directly into Office. In addition, customers will now be able to set ODF as 
| the default file format in Office 2007.  


How well will they support it? When? It seems like a market-freezing attempt,
but it's good for ODF either way.


BE, NL: governments will not use ISO OOXML

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| Asked to comment on last week's ISO approval for OOXML, Fedict's chief IT
| architect, Peter Strickx, said: "There will have to be multiple
| implementations, in order for us not to become dependent on a single vendor.
| It will also have to be compatible with open standards that we already use,
| in this case Open Document Format ODF."


DE: German Foreign Ministry will not use ISO OOXML

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| In the weeks prior to the second round of votes last September,
| irregularities were reported in the standard committees in many participating
| countries. These claims  continued until after the final discussion, in
| February and March this year.
| The European Commission has started an investigation into the allegations.
| The Commission sent a letter to all EU national standards committees in
| Europe, requesting information about the process. Sources at the Commission
| declined to comment, as the investigation is on-going and no official
| position has yet been adopted.


German penal institutions looking into OpenOffice.org

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| It looks like that OpenOffice.org is also being used in areas where many of
| us don't expect it, or wouldn't research for. I have reports that some German
| penal institutions are looking into OpenOffice.org for their daily office
| work.


German ERP software vendor adds OpenOffice.org support


German portfolio analysis software supports OpenOffice.org


Sun Adds New Twinkle to StarOffice, OpenOffice

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| Roughly 1 million copies of OpenOffice.org are downloaded per week, not
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| including distributions through vendors such as Google, Herring said.

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