Office 2007 and ODF Support in Service Pack 2

by Terry 5/23/2008 2:24:00 PM

Next Office 2007 service pack will include ODF, PDF support options
"In a breakthrough development, Microsoft has announced its future editions of Microsoft Office, beginning with Service Pack 2 for Office 2007, will enable users to choose OpenDocument support as an alternate default option."

Microsoft Office's ODF support might change the EC's mind
"Given the fact that the next changes to Microsoft Office will enable consumers to choose which native format it uses, the European Commission may find itself with no alternative but to reconsider its investigation into unfair competition allegations."

It may be too little too late, particularly since the update will not be available until the first half of 2009. Since I am required to use Microsoft Office formats for work, I cannot use Open Office or the ODF format. Nonetheless, I am delighted that the ODF format will be supported. I just think it will be offered so late by Microsoft that no one will really care. That is not a good place for a business to be.

I have been bitten by the proprietary document formats from Microsoft over the years, even between versions of office. I use Office 2007 at work, having been part of the beta program for my company; I have used it for a long time. But, I have to set my defaults to earlier formats so that others can read the documents as Office 2007 is not a fully deployed standard in the company. If the company could standardize on the Open Document Format, it would be win-win for everyone.

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