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  • Blog Post: Interoperability on tap @ Interop Las Vegas!

    Again this year we will be talking interoperability at the Interop Las Vegas conference. The event is next week (Apr-27 to May-2) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Microsoft will have a large booth presence where we will be showcasing a the work of many product groups as well as that of Interop...
  • Blog Post: Great Endorsement for Document Choice from HP

    Check out the HP Position Statement on Standardization of Office Document Formats . It is a refreshing and pragmatic view - that choice is important and ODF and Open XML will co-exist and interoperate. On the ISO standardization process: "HP believes that the international standardization process is...
  • Blog Post: Document Interoperability Roundtables & Labs - Take 2: Seoul, Korea

    The discussion continued Wednesday the 12th in Seoul, when we sat down with representatives from KANOi, Wooam, ECO and Tomotec. Through these discussions we learned that there are a number of very interesting products in the Korean market that are currently taking advantage of open standards-based document...
  • Blog Post: Document Interoperability Roundtables & Labs - Take 1: Cambridge, MA

    As announced yesterday , this week represents the kick-off in a series of technical labs and roundtable discussions that we will be driving focused solely on interoperability between open standards based document formats, including ODF, UOF, Open XML and others. The location selected for round 1 was...
  • Blog Post: Back In Action + Burton Group Report on Open XML / ODF

    After taking a month off for parental leave over the holidays I am back at work. A lot has been happening over this period with the Open XML ISO standardization effort as the process moves closer to the final Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM). All exciting stuff (to geeks like me anyway). This morning...
  • Blog Post: More details on Interop Track @ XML 2007 Conference

    We have secured a number of great well-known speakers from the industry to help lead the discussions at this year's XML 2007 conference! It will be a fun event and hopefully an enlightening one as well. The current schedule & speaker list for the Dec 4 sessions is as follows: 09:00 - Document...
  • Blog Post: DIN working group formed on translation of document formats!

    The Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin today announced a new DIN working group that will be focused on document translation to support interoperability! The working group is open and has issued an invitation for participation. The output of this group will be focused on providing a pragmatic approach to...
  • Blog Post: Novell Releases Open XML Support for OpenOffice.org Novell Edition

    Monday, Novell released code that provides support for Ecma Open XML in their OpenOffice.org implementation. The add-in provides the capability for loading and saving of Open XML documents by the popular productivity suite in both the Windows and Linux versions. This release represents one of the first...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability, Choice and Open XML – An Open Letter

    This morning Microsoft has released an open letter from Tom Robertson and Jean Paoli (GMs co-leading interoperability at MS) at http://www.microsoft.com/interop/letters/choice.mspx . The letter demonstrates with specifics IBMs attempt to limit customer choice and engage in hypocrisy around open standards...
  • Blog Post: Selective “Openness” and strange profane rants…

    Always an entertaining read for those not easily offended by superfluous profanity and for those who enjoy outlandish conspiracy theories, Sam Hiser (OpenDocument Foundation) had post last night trashing the open source ODF translator project that was released Friday on Source Forge. This opinion was...
  • Blog Post: Open XML translator downloads hit 10,000 in 6 hours!

    Today version 1.0 of the translator between ODF and Open XML has been made available on Source Forge and has already been downloaded over 10,000 times! The Microsoft press release can be found here . This release represents a ton of work, all done in the open source community and rigorous testing against...
  • Blog Post: Is backward compatibility for documents important to you? How about choice?

    The answer to the first question may be yes or no, but my guess is the second answer is an unequivocal "yes". Documents contain the bulk of data generated by information workers in today's businesses. It's also no secret that the majority of the documents that have been created over the past several...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Novell strike landmark interoperability agreement

    Surely you have heard by now, yesterday the unthinkable happened. There are four main components to the deal: a Technical Cooperation Agreement (TCA), a Patent Cooperation Agreement (PCA), and a Business Cooperation Agreement (BCA). There are also specific commitments Microsoft is making to both the...
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