Microsoft (Kinda) Supports ODF for ANSI

Lora Bentley

After stirring up a frenzy by threatening to wring royalties out of Linux distributors for allegedly violating its patents, Microsoft is suddenly playing Mr. Nice Guy. The company announced it will back Open Document Format for standardization by the American National Standards Institute.


Considering that ODF is the chief rival of Microsoft's own Open XML when it comes to document standards, not to mention that ODF is primarily used in open source alternatives to Microsoft Office, we think the Linux Foundation's Jim Zemlin is on to something when he says the software giant is acting "schizophrenic" these days.


Open source advocate and attorney Andy Updegrove has another idea, according to PC Advisor:

On the one hand, Microsoft is saying, "Nice standard you've got there," while on the other hand warning, "[I]mplement it if you dare, but only for a price."

Updegrove also suggests that Microsoft's move might be a challenge to ODF advocates to vote for Open XML when it's up for standardization before the ISO later this year.

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May 24, 2007 2:23 AM arendra sirohi arendra sirohi  says:
this is very good doing microsoft for programmers andother which would like to use that product. Reply
May 24, 2007 5:52 AM M.S.Kannan M.S.Kannan  says:
ODF Isone way the multi platform Corporate business houses SMEs or even SOHO would leverage to get on with standards that bring in compatibility & reusable components across various systems towards facilitation of common standard input.The backing from community of opensouces the contributions there of will definitely be the dictum while it would gain the momentum to its full potential with the 6 C''s Commercials,Compliances,Complexities,Compatabilities,Containment,Convergence & not the least the Consolidations of Gains. Reply

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