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Microsoft Office to support more default formats

Microsoft has announced that it will be supporting more file formats in its Office suite in the first half of 2009, and the response from the European Union was one of skepticism.

Microsoft intends to increase PDF support natively in Office, as well as add the Open Document Format (ODF), as a part of Service Pack 2 for Office 2007.  The timing of this announcement comes after they have been successful in getting their own native document format, OpenXML, approved as an ISO standard, and is most likely being done to prevent attrition from a variety of Office competitors (free, and otherwise) that will be supporting the ODF.

Ostensibly, the EU is aiming at Microsoft because of the lack of interoperability, which is everyone's current bandwagon, but there are other areas that I wish they would focus on if interoperability was truly their foremost concern.  I'm still trying to figure out why they should even have any jurisdiction over application document formats in the first place...

These grand interoperability quests are always supposed to be a benefit to the consumer, but they're not targeting any actual consumer needs.  They really only benefit the other vendors in this space.  And Microsoft's support of alternate formats will only help Microsoft and the free vendors.  The other vendors with paid products are going to suffer attrition from the freeware options.

We have a year or so to see how this turns out...

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Posted: Friday, May 23, 2008 12:52 AM by Logik!

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Microsoft has announced that it will be supporting more file formats in its Office suite in the first

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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

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