November, 2009

Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Open XML support in new tools, apps, and custom solutions

    One of the more interesting aspects of my job is meeting people who are developing software that interoperates with Office through the various formats that we support.  It’s exciting to hear their plans, work with them on the details of how our products can collaborate or share data, and then see the final solutions, whether they’re released in shrink-wrapped packages, available for download on the web, or delivered as a custom solution for a specific organization. Three of the more innovative...
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    ODF plugfest and OOoCon, Orvieto

    I’ve spent the last week in the city of Orvieto, perched atop a hill in Umbria, Italy. Monday and Tuesday I particpated in the second ODF Plugfest, and then Wednesday through Friday I attended OOoCon, the annual conference. I gave a presentation on Wednesday about Office’s approach to interoperability with, which you can find on the OOoCon presentation page , and you can find the presentations from the plugfest, as well as the test scenarios we went through, on the plugfest...
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    Standards, Patents, and the OSP

    Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Another characteristic of advanced technologies is that they often contain intellectual property (IP) that may be covered by patents. When such a technology becomes standardized, though, implementers need to feel comfortable that they have access to the technology on a non discriminatory basis. This is typically dealt with in one of three ways: either the technology owner agrees to license...
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    DII workshop, Brussels

    Last week I participated in the DII workshop that took place in Brussels.  Attendees included a variety of document-format experts from the ODF and Open XML worlds, including members of SC34 working groups, the OASIS ODF and OIC TCs, ODF and Open XML implementers, public-sector experts in interoperability and archiving, and others. The roundtable discussions at this event covered some interesting issues, including various approaches to round-tripping content through different formats, extensibility...
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