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Word Edges Closer to OpenDoc

Nothing is ever simple in Redmond. Product names are more confusing than they have to be (first there's a code name that's usually pretty good, then a final name that's usually pretty bad, and after we all get to know the product, Microsoft changes the name to something even worse).

And when it comes to MS Word file formats, Microsoft is spinning a story as a tangled as a plot from "24."

While it could have just included OpenDoc -- the same format used by OpenOffice and other tools -- in Word, Microsoft instead decided to help start an open source project to build a translator that would turn Word OpenXML files into OpenDoc and vice versa.

Posted by Doug Barney on February 07, 2007 at 11:52 AM


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