Sunday, May 25, 2008

ODF support in Office 2007 SP2


This is the most interesting part of the press release - Microsoft Expands list of formats supported in Office

With the release of Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) scheduled for the first half of 2009, the list will grow to include support for XML Paper Specification (XPS), Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.5, PDF/A and Open Document Format (ODF) v1.1.

When using SP2, customers will be able to open, edit and save documents using ODF and save documents into the XPS and PDF fixed formats from directly within the application without having to install any other code. It will also allow customers to set ODF as the default file format for Office 2007. To also provide ODF support for users of earlier versions of Microsoft Office (Office XP and Office 2003), Microsoft will continue to collaborate with the open source community in the ongoing development of the Open XML-ODF translator project on

As I stated before (Microsoft support ODF through Sourceforge project - ODF addin for Word 2007) - this is quite important here in Belgium where the Belgian government decided to standardize on ODF starting on September 2008 (text in Dutch).

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