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[News] ODF Gains Great Power in 2008

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Governments Increasingly Turn to OpenDocument Format as ODF Alliance Marks
Unprecedented 2008

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| The ranks of governments adopting the OpenDocument Format (ODF) continued to 
| grow, as did the depth and range of ODF applications, according to the annual 
| report published by the ODF Alliance.  
| "With a variety of powerful word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation 
| software products now supporting ODF, many of them available free of charge, 
| it comes as no surprise that more and more governments are now requiring the 
| use of ODF," said ODF Alliance managing director Marino Marcich. "Governments 
| can be assured that they will have access to important documents and records 
| many years and decades from now with no worries that their software provider 
| will discontinue support for the format. Just as importantly, with ODF, 
| governments can avoid imposing on themselves or their citizens the use of a 
| particular brand of software."        



Some thoughts on the Microsoft’s implementation of ODF

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| Now you have Microsoft’s bellydancing and basically declaring that they, who
| sell the “best office suite on the market” (I don’t make that claim) will
| offer poor support on ODF because of product limitations. Am I the only one
| here feeling that Redmond is trying -again-to play games? Any additional
| information would be welcome at this stage, of course, but the market should
| pay close attention to this issue.
| I have hailed and declared myself positively satisfied the inclusion of
| Microsoft in the ODF committees at the OASIS consortium. I have read the
| contributions of its employees and they were useful and constructive. This
| being said, Doug’s blog leaves me with an odd taste in my mouth.
| To be frank, I feel that Doug has been looking for a way to tell us that
| Microsoft’s support of ODF will be crappy and that it was intended to be that
| way. I realize I have no substantial evidence of what I’m asserting here, but
| since when does Microsoft speak of the new features of MS Office with a sorry
| tone?


Microsoft spits out ODF plans for Office 2007 SP2

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| Even the European Commission questioned Microsoft’s intentions. After all, it
| had been dogged by less-than-pretty grumbles from a range of opponents about
| the software giant’s campaign to get its contentious Office Open XML (OOXML)
| document format approved as an international standard at the second time of
| trying.
| EC regulators said they would investigate whether that announcement really
| did mean "better interoperability", allowing customers "to process and
| exchange their documents with the software product of their choice".


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.

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