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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: ISO: ISO/IEC DIS 29500 receives necessary votes for approval as an International Standard

    The official ISO press release can be found here: http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1123 Martin LaMonica's (CNET) take: http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9908939-7.html?tag=nefd.top
  • Blog Post: It’s Official: Open XML approved as ISO Standard

    Open XML vote results are in – Ecma appears to have secured ISO/IEC ratification of the standard – now known as IS 29500. It is a great victory for supporters of document choice and flexibility and for those who prefer to use ISO standard formats. It validates the need for additional document standards...
  • 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: Bill Gates on Document Archival, Standards, and Open XML

    Here is a quick clip of Bill being asked about Open XML and digital archival by Washington State Congressman Brian Baird during a U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Science and Technology meeting last week.
  • 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: An Open Letter by Chris Capossela, Sr. Vice President, Microsoft Office

    In this letter , Chris outlines the importance of Office Open XML as a document format choice for customers, the benefits of global stewardship of the format through international standards bodies, and Microsoft's pledge for future support of the open standard.
  • 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: Open XML documents on Symbian Devices!

    With the latest version (4.0) of Quickoffice Premier from Quickoffice® one can open, edit and save as the Open XML file formats on Symbian OS based mobile devices! This is yet another great example momentum of Open XML across a broad array of platforms and devices. See the You Tube video here!
  • Blog Post: Apple Products Support Open XML: Video Demos

    My colleague Jean-Christophe Cimetiere has been working on a lot of demos and these were just posted to You Tube . It is really cool to see very wide spread adoption of Open XML in consumer products like iPhone, as well as in other products on Apple OS X. It is remarkable not only how many products are...
  • Blog Post: IBM and Google Support for Open XML

    I have read a number of blogs posts and articles recently that demonstrate the groundswell of support for the Office Open XML formats. Most impressive in this list of course is support by both Google and IBM (that's right – I said IBM). Gray Knowlton has a post that demonstrates some of the places...
  • 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: Microsoft Sponsoring Interoperability Track at XML 2007

    IDEAlliance yesterday announced that Microsoft will be sponsoring an interoperability track at this year's XML 2007 conference in Boston, MA Dec 3-6 (interop track taking place Tuesday the 4 th ). Details about the sessions can be found in the press release . It is going to be a great collection of...
  • Blog Post: Java Open XML API Project officially launched!

    The Java API library project started by Julien Chable ( Wygwam France) has officially launched at http://www.openxml4j.org . Java developers now have a nice set of methods which will allow them to create rich Open XML documents for consumption by office productivity software or line of business systems...
  • 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: OpenXMLCommunity.org

    The Open XML Community site launched yesterday, with an inaugural list of members including over 300 companies worldwide supporting Open XML and its ISO standardization. Have a look at http://www.openxmlcommunity.org . Great momentum is building in the market around the format, and the list of applications...
  • Blog Post: Open XML Support on Palm OS!

    I just saw what appears to be a great product by DataViz that enables support of Open XML documents on Smartphones and PDAs running the Palm OS. I haven't evaluated it so can't speak to its quality (sorry, I don't use Palm OS) but it is a great demonstration of the true cross-platform interoperability...
  • Blog Post: EU Roundtables on Open XML Interoperability

    Next week I will be discussing with folks across Europe the benefits of Open XML and the interoperability of XML based file formats. On Monday I will be in Germany hosting a roundtable at the Technischen Universität München (Technical University of Munich) with students and faculty. On Wednesday,...
  • 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: Sun to support Open XML

    I just ran across these links today. Great to see additional implementations of Open XML coming online! Office Open XML Import Filter for Spreadsheets The next version of StarSuite will support Open XML
  • 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...
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