Microsoft backs ODF document standard

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Microsoft backs ODF document standard

Antony Savvas

Microsoft has got behind the OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.0 standard as it seeks further support for its own rival document standard.

Microsoft has supported the addition of ODF to the American National Standards list managed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

“We have listened to our customers, and they have told us they want choice, they want interoperability, they want innovation,” said Tom Robertson, general manager for interoperability and standards at Microsoft.

“The inclusion of ODF is just the beginning, we expect the list will grow in the future to reflect the choices customers already have in today’s marketplace.”

Microsoft is hoping that its own Open XML File Format will also be added to the list. For that, it needs industry support.

ANSI oversees the development of standards for products, services, processes and systems in the US. It coordinates with international groups such as the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) so that American products can be used worldwide.

Open XML is under review by ISO, with a final vote on approval expected in late 2007 or early 2008, following a ballot vote in early September.

American National Standards Institute website >>

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