JUN
20
2008

"OpenDocument Format Has Clearly Won", Microsoft admits

Microsoft:

"ODF has clearly won. We sell software for a living. The ability to implement ODF in the middle of our ship cycle was just not possible. We couldn't do that during the release of Office 2007. We're looking forward and committed to doing more than [ODF-to-OOXML] translators."

It looks like honest words, so ... welcome to market based on competition, guys.

Comments

I don't know whether or not to trust them. I'm sure a lot of people won't trust them at all. I'll wait until I see code to back these words.


By theriddle at Fri, 06/20/2008 - 16:38

You may need to wait long long time :) The fact that someone supports ODF does not mean the product is Open Source or even Shared Source. So you probably just meant "until I see the product" (?) ;)

That said, if we're at Shared Source, even then - they tend to use it for promoting of their (usually specific) APIs exposed by MS Office and Windows OS/.NET - it's not easy to find a standalone piece of code, preferably a library, that would be available for grabbing and reusing outside of MS Office and Windows area.

Let's see..

A good recipe for how to use such marketing tools would be:

1. grab some meaningful .org domains

2. s/customers/community/g

Such tools apparently failed to work mostly because ODF backers were active and organized.


By Jarosław Staniek at Fri, 06/20/2008 - 17:40

Microsoft just needs to implement the ODF standard badly in MS Office.
Then all MS Office users will think - oops this weird .odf files all are a little bit broken - let's better use doc/docx - and the battle is won.


By droetker at Wed, 06/25/2008 - 10:12