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MS OFfice 2007 SP2 and ODF interoperability

I’ve waited a few days to blog on this particular issue so there would be time for those in the know to test how the new ODF format in Office 2007 SP2 works. Initial reports were that things were ( just ) ok but since then, it’s all gone downhill. One of the gurus in […]

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Microsoft’s AstroTurfing

Microsoft’s bullying tactics in the IT field are well known but one would have thought that they might have stopped with the AstroTurfing by now, seeing as many are wise to their tactics. But not according to one of their Technology Evangelists, James Plamondon.¬† For those unfamiliar with the term, AstroTurfing means that you, through […]

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OOXML Documentation available online now

at the Boycott Novell forum and that’s causing a bit of an uproar in the ISO community. Even though their own processes indicate the docs were supposed to be made publicly available 30 days after the standard was sealed. It’s now a couple of months after the fact and we’re all still waiting so why […]

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ISO issues generate more discent

13 members of the Norwegian standards body, Standards Norway, have left the organisation citing¬† issues relating to the OOXML standards process debacle. Reasons are as follows: * The administration of Standard Norway trust 37 identical letters from Microsoft partners more than their own technical committee. * The process within Standard Norway has been unpredictable and […]

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ODF and the Microsoft-sponsored SC34

SC34, possible right-hand Microsoft lapdog and current ISO/IEC committee responsible for OOXML, appears to be trying for a takeover of ODF as a standard. Yes, I know, it’s madness. But apparently, the fact that the whole world knows that ISO is now useless, has escaped the SC34 guys completely. They’re indicating that they would like […]

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Microsoft ODF/OOXML

Well very interesting news that Microsoft is to support ODF in MS Office 2007 SP2 albeit the older 1.1 specification. But the most interesting is that this comes straight after Matusow’s visit to SA. I wonder if he got wind of the intended SABS appeal against the JTC1 OOXML process. MS will be shut out […]

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OpenOffice 3 Beta now available

with a lot of improvements to functionality and support, including: prelim docx support for MS Office 2007 shared network spreadsheets streamlined UI

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Open Document Standards

OOXML has gained ISO approval even though the process leading up to this was seriously flawed. I think the following points apply: ISO is no longer an open standards organisation and are in Big Business pockets There was not enough time to go through the changes that were requested in the last round of voting […]

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OOXML and what it means to you

What it means to you A document format is not just a simple way of saving information. Rather, look at it as a means of preserving information for the short or long term. Applications come and go, but it’s always necessary to open documents no matter what was used to create them. If another party […]

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