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ZDNet: Novell: We'll Help Microsoft Develop ODF Compatibility in Office, If They Ask

Dec 06, 2006, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Yesterday, when Novell announced that one of the first fruits to be born out of its newly minted legal relationship with Microsoft would be a plug-in to OpenOffice.org that would allow the open source based office suite to open or save documents in Microsoft's Open Office XML (OO-XML) file format, I had a tough time parsing through the text of the company's press release. Would the same functionality found in Novell's distribution of OpenOffice.org be available with no strings attached to the larger OpenOffice.org open source project? To get that and other questions answered, I checked in with Novell's director of marketing Justin Steinman and here's how the line of questioning went..."

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