About a month ago, Microsoft and others behind the OpenXML Translator open source project made available an OpenDocument Format plug-in for Word, with which documents created in the Microsoft Word-default Open XML standard can be saved as ODF documents -- whether or not the end users have OpenOffice installed on their PCs.
Over the weekend, Novell made available an Open XML add-in for its latest iteration of OpenOffice, according to ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley. The tool will allow OpenOffice users to open and save word processing documents in the Open XML format.
Microsoft's Brian Jones also made note of the release -- with a blog post in which he declared the so-called "format war" over. As Foley points out, however, the respective translators make only the competing word processing programs compatible. The same cannot yet be said of spreadsheet and presentation programs.