Hell Froze Over: Microsoft Offers ODF Plugin

Aron Schatz
February 2, 2007

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Microsoft released a ODF plugin for Word today. This means that Office can remain usable in situations that require open standards.


People can download the software, available under the open-source BSD license, for free from SourceForge on Friday. Microsoft intends to make the software available from its own Web site as well, the company said. The same group of Microsoft partners will now start work on code to translate file formats between Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet and PowerPoint presentation software and the corresponding ODF files, said Jean Paoli, the general manager of interoperability and XML architecture at Microsoft.


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