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  • 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: 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: 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: Pragmatism in IT

    The approach of Microsoft in the context of interoperability is one of proactivity and pragmatism. The reality of the IT ecosystem is that heterogeneity is reality and that we as a company (and an industry) must continually adapt to properly address the needs of customers operating in these environments...
  • 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: Ecma Office Open XML added to the OSP

    Today we added Ecma Office Open XML final draft to the list of specifications covered by the OSP. Now users who implement solutions based on the Open XML format can choose to use either the language of the Covenant Not to Sue (CNS) or the language provided by the recently announced Open Specification...
  • Blog Post: How I define (and think about) Interoperability

    When I think about IT (and business for that matter), the interactions that result from useful connections are the primary generators of value. To put it another way, if connections can't be made, value cannot be transferred from one person to another, or from one system or application to another and...
  • Blog Post: Ecma Office Open XML final draft specification posted to Microsoft.com

    Finally I have posted the updated mirror of the Office Open XML format specification to the Microsoft interoperability website at http://www.microsoft.com/interop/ecmaTC45 in PDF as well as OpenXML. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with it J This represents the final draft approved unanimously...
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