Back to the lost cause of document interoperability (I just love lost causes): as you may or may not remember(1), back in 2008 – almost exactly 1 year ago, after the OOXML fiasco – I wrote a tirade about how Microsoft can attack the (really) open OpenDocument Format by botching their implementation of it in MS-Office 2007 SP2.
But if anyone thought that this is the extent of Microsoft’s effort on this issue, they are sorely mistaken.
Here is how Microsoft addresses complaints about interoperability problems between their product and other vendors products’:
- Launch a smear campaign against ODF,involving a Wikipedia edit war to perpetrate misinformation produced in blogs.
- Personally attack the critics and claim that a chairman of the ODF technical committee should be removed from his position because he criticizes an implementation of the standard. (see Rob Weir’s response).
Well, nothing new here, move along now, move along.
For some anti-FUD data, check out Groklaw. In the mean time, if you want to get your MS-Office (2003 or 2007) to work with ODF documents properly, try the Sun (now Oracle) ODF plugin for Microsoft Office.
- probably not as no one commented on the original article [↩]