Microsoft Office Plug-in for OpenDocuments
Microsoft was working with the OpenDocument folks to try and get their format made the OpenDocument standard. When the OpenDocument folks didn’t give in to the Evil Empire, M$ took it’s ball and bat and went home… they said that they wouldn’t support OpenDocument standards in Microsoft Office. Well, OpenDocument has released a plug-in for Office that will make Office deal with the open standard. This is cool!
Of course, the best thing to do, is to just use OpenOffice, which already supports OpenDocument standards. But, you gotta love this! The State of Massachusetts asked for the plugin:
“The request asked for information on a plug-in that would ‘allow Microsoft Office to easily open, render, and save to ODF files, and also allow translation of documents between Microsoft’s binary (.doc, .xls, .ppt) or XML formats and ODF.’ According to the OpenDocument Foundation, the plug-in would work for any version of Office from Office 97. Testing of the plugin has been completed by the group and no issues have arisen.”