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Microsoft Expands List of Formats Supported in Microsoft Office RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Microsoft announced on Wednesday another significant step forward in enabling interoperability. This hopefully sends a signal to our customers that we are committed to addressing the needs of people who use our products by providing choice and interoperability.

     

    If you missed the announcement, it roughly said the following:

     

    Microsoft Office functionality will be updated to include ODF, PDF and XPS support:

    ·         Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 will include both "Save as ODF" and "Save as PDF and XPS" functionality.

    ·         The next major release of Microsoft Office, currently codenamed "Office 14," will update its support for IS29500, the specification that resulted from the ISO process.

     

    Microsoft will contribute to the future evolution of the ODF and Open XML specifications.   

    ·         Microsoft will join the OASIS ODF Technical Committee

    ·         Microsoft will participate in the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC-34 committee responsible for the maintenance of Open XML (IS29500)

    ·         Microsoft will participate in the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC-34 committee responsible for the maintenance of ODF (IS26300)

    ·         Microsoft will participate in the ISO/IEC JTC1 SC-34 committee responsible for interoperability between IS29500 and IS26300

     

    Microsoft will contribute to the developments of other document format standards:

    ·         Microsoft will participate in the standardization of XPS underway in ECMA

    ·         Microsoft will participate in future maintenance of PDF in AIIM

    ·         Microsoft will work to promote interoperability with Open XML and UOF, the Chinese national document format standard

     

    (Read more on a few blogs: Doug Mahugh, Sr. Product Manager, Microsoft Office “Office support for document format standards”, Gray Knowlton (Office GPM) “Microsoft adds “Save as ODF” to Office 2007 Service Pack 2”, Jason Matusow (Sr. Director, Interoperability) “Open XML, ODF, PDF, and XPS in Office

    Friday, May 23, 2008 8:53 PM