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Microsoft's ODF support is broken, says alliance

May 22nd, 2009 | 5 Comments » Tags: , ,

The OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance says that “serious deficiencies” in Microsoft’s support for ODF need to be addressed to ensure greater interoperability with other ODF-supporting software.

Microsoft adds ODF support to Office 2007

May 20th, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: , ,

In a big step forward for interoperability, Microsoft’s recently-released Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 includes built-in support for a range of additional file formats including the OpenDocument Format (ODF).

ODF translation to be simplified

July 3rd, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: ,

South African localisation experts, Translate.org.za, have launched a new project to simplify ODF document translation.

We're being open and collaborative – Microsoft

June 18th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

Microsoft recently survived a bruising battle with the open source community over the ratification of Office Open XML (OOXML) document format as an ISO standard, a process that is now facing a number of appeals. The company also recently announced support for the competing Open Document Format in its forthcoming products. Here Paulo Ferreira, Microsoft […]

Firefox 3 download day starts at 7pm

June 17th, 2008 | 1 Comment » Tags: ,

For Firefox fans today is the day that version 3 of the popular browser is to be released. It is also the day on which the SpreadFirefox campaign is hoping to set a new record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. In a post on the Mozilla blog the Firefox team writes: “Our […]

Venezuela joins OOXML opposition

June 3rd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

Venezuela has become the fourth country to appeal the approval of Microsoft’s OOXML document format as an international standard. Denmark has also filed a protest though that has not been confirmed by the ISO/IEC yet.

Microsoft to support ODF, aid OSS community

May 22nd, 2008 | 2 Comments » Tags: , ,

Fresh from a bruising battle with the open source community over document formats, Microsoft says it is ready to support the Open Document Format in its Office suite. With the release of Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) in the first half of 2009, the productivity suite will include native ODF, XPS and PDF support. […]

South Africans don't understand OSS – Microsoft

May 21st, 2008 | 55 Comments » Tags: , ,

Despite having an open source strategy the South African government doesn’t really understand how to benefit from OSS. This is according to Microsoft director of corporate standards, Jason Matusow. Matusow, who was in South Africa on an “external outreach” trip around the time SA adopted ODF as a national standard, writes on his blog that […]

Call to support free and open standards

May 16th, 2008 | No Comments » Tags: , ,

The Digital Standards Organization (Digistan) and its supporters are calling on governments around the globe to use only free and open standards. The organisation, which was set up to defend and promote open digital standards, plans to adopt the Hague Declaration on May 21. Organisations and individuals supporting the effort are also being asked to […]

South Africa adopts ODF as a national standard

April 21st, 2008 | 17 Comments » Tags: ,

The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) on Friday approved the Open Document Format (ODF) as an official national South African standard. The adoption of ODF by South Africa opens the way for the businesses and government to adopt ODF more widely in their processes. ODF is already an international standard, approved by the International […]

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