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From "Lawrence Rosen" <>
Subject FW: Office to Become Fully Open XML Compliant (at last)
Date Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:04:50 GMT
FYI. /Larry


Lawrence Rosen

Rosenlaw & Einschlag, a technology law firm ( <>

3001 King Ranch Rd., Ukiah, CA 95482

Office: 707-485-1242


From: Andy Updegrove [] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 8:53 AM
Subject: Office to Become Fully Open XML Compliant (at last)


Between 2005 and 2008, an unparalleled standards war was waged between
Microsoft, on the one hand, and IBM, Google, Oracle and additional
companies on the other hand. At the heart of the battle were two document
formats, one called ODF, developed by OASIS, a standards development
consortium, and Open XML, a specification developed by Microsoft. Both
were submitted to, and adopted by, global standards groups ISO/IEC.

But after the dust settled, Microsoft did not fully implement the standard
that it had fought so vigorously to have become a global standard.
Instead, it implemented what it called "Transitional Open XML," which was
better adapted for use in connection with documents created using older
versions of Office.

According to a blog posted yesterday by Jim Thatcher at the Office Next Web
site, Office 13 will - finally - permit users to open, edit and save
documents in the format that ISO/IEC approved. Thatcher says that Office
13 will also provide similar capabilities for the latest version of ODF,
approved by OASIS in January of this year (ODF 1.2), as well as for PDF.

Much has changed since the great format wars of the last decade, and
perhaps this is why, one day after the announcement, the announcement has
been mentioned in only two brief articles in the trade press. That’s a
shame, because document interoperability and vendor neutrality matter more
now than ever before as paper archives disappear and literally all of human
knowledge is entrusted to electronic storage.

Only if documents can be easily exchanged and reliably accessed down ton an
ongoing basis will desktop competition in the present be preserved, and the
availability of knowledge down through the ages be assured.  Without
robust, universally adopted document formats, both of those goals are
impossible to attain.

Read the entire story here: 

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