Thanks to EU, Microsoft will adopt open formats in MS Office!


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Microsoft today broke from its tradition of primarily endorsing in-house formats by revealing that it will add support to Office for a number of universal standards outside of its own. Office 2007 Service Pack 2 will support the Open Document Format (ODF) touted by OpenOffice, Sun’s StarOffice, and other third-party tools as well as similarly universal document types such as PDF 1.5 and PDF/A. The upgrade will let users both open and create files in the formats without requiring either a plugin or an outside utility to convert the formats.
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More here: http://www.electronista.com/articles/08/05/21/ms.office.supports.odf/


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I think this is old news and was mentioned in discussions about Microsoft's own open document formats during the ratification/approval process of ISO.


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Yes it is a bit old, but Microsoft OFFICIALLY adopted the open standards only a few days ago!


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but why people wanna go to MS office and read documents made in other softwares when they can download other software for free.in this case open office.


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but why people wanna go to MS office and read documents made in other softwares when they can download other software for free.in this case open office.
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well some ppl dont wana go through the hassle of downloadin and installin stuff

and btw open office is a bid download for some ppl its like 120 mb


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but why people wanna go to MS office and read documents made in other softwares when they can download other software for free.in this case open office.
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Actually its all about compatibility and inter-operability. If Microsoft doesn’t support these standards, and with MS Office already having somewhat of a monopoly, the open standards won’t have a chance if they can’t be opened/modified by MS Office.


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but why people wanna go to MS office and read documents made in other softwares when they can download other software for free.in this case open office.
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But if they have paid for an excellent software for office productivity, it would be better for it to support open formats too. That would lead to it being able to cope with different formats and would make switching between various applications supporting open standards easier.


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Office 2007 SP2 to Include Save as PDF & ODF Support

it will be added in SP2 which will release in 2009