Microsoft CTO "ODF is an elegant standard"

The chief technology officer of Microsoft APAC thinks ODF is an elegant standard -- if it is used alongside the Redmond giant's OOXML (Office Open XML) format.Oliver Bell, Microsoft APAC chief technology officer, said in an interview with ZDNet.com.au sister site ZDNet Asia: "We have lived with multiple formats as long as we've had computers. […]

The chief technology officer of Microsoft APAC thinks ODF is an elegant standard -- if it is used alongside the Redmond giant's OOXML (Office Open XML) format.

Oliver Bell, Microsoft APAC chief technology officer, said in an interview with ZDNet.com.au sister site ZDNet Asia: "We have lived with multiple formats as long as we've had computers. ODF continues to be an elegant standard for use side-by-side with OOXML. [The formats] compete side-by-side and are designed for different purposes."

Microsoft is hoping its OOXML format will be ratified as an ISO standard in Geneva later this month, after a failed attempt in September last year. OOXML's opposers support the ISO-certified ODF, which is seen as a close rival of OOXML.

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