One of the major contributors to the leading open source alternative to the Microsoft Office Suite announced early this morning it will be offering additions to OpenOffice enabling it to support Office 2007’s new XML-based Office Open XML format, not as the default, but as an alternative for reading and writing .DOCX files.
In order to make OpenOffice — not really a Novell-branded product — support Office (Ecma) Open XML, it plans to release the code for “translators” for .DOCX into the open source community next month, most likely through the OpenOffice.org Web site. Translators for other Office 2007 default formats will follow soon thereafter.
Novell CTO Nat Friedman this morning acknowledged that it will continue to support OpenDocument Format (ODF) as OpenOffice’s default “because it provides customer choice and flexibility.”
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Novell, OpenOffice, Microsoft Office Open XML