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Should You Bulk Convert from MS Office Binary to OpenXML?

by Jonathan Allen Follow 657 Followers on  Feb 28, 2007 3

Microsoft has released a new tool for bulk converting MS Office files from the older binary format to the Office 2007 format OpenXML. The question is, should you use it?


Fire and Motion: What OpenXML Means to IBM and Lotus Notes

by Jonathan Allen Follow 657 Followers on  Jan 29, 2007 8

In the on going debate between ODF and OpenXML, two things are becoming clear. The first is that both ODF and OpenXML are essentially proprietary formats dressed up to be open standards. The second is neither IBM nor Microsoft is going to back down.


OpenXML vs ODF: Round 2

by Jonathan Allen Follow 657 Followers on  Jan 22, 2007

One of the most hotly debated areas in the OpenXML spec is the number of partially documented compatibility flags. But as we see, ODF isn't innocent in this area either.


ECMA Passes OpenXML Standard to the Chagrin of ODF Supporters

by Jonathan Allen Follow 657 Followers on  Dec 12, 2006 2

ECMA has passed Microsoft's Open XML standard. This format, original conceived as an XML version of the various Microsoft Office formats. While some are rejoicing at the prospect of Microsoft loosening its grip on the industry, others see it as an abuse of the process.