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Microsoft hints of releasing Office XML-based file format

Posted by rom on November 23, 2005

A blog hints that Microsoft may release their proprietary XML-based Office file format for standardization. I think it is a way for Microsoft to combat the OASIS OpenDocument format, a format supported by the free and open source project, Office suite.

If this will indeed happen, users of and StarOffice and other products that support the OpenDocument format will benefit more. Why? It will allow the users to properly (read: 99.9% accuracy) convert Microsoft Office formats sent to them by microserfs. WE get the best of both worlds, not that the Office file format is better, of course.
Microsoft should join the bandwagon and support OpenDocument format instead. It will work to their advantage – specially when institutions and organizations follow the way of others like Massachusetts.

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