"Sun Microsystems Inc is hatching a set of XML data standards
for use in desktop productivity applications, in attempt to unseat
Microsoft Corp's domination of office applications...
"Palo Alto, California-based Sun said Friday it is working on a
set of potential standards with a series of un-named partners, and
the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information
"No date has yet been set of submission of the standards to
OASIS, as the company said it is first seeking a critical mass of
"Sun software group's recently appointed chief technology
officer John Fowler said the goal is to open up data held on
desktops running Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft's Office. He
believes a set of standards-based XML specifications would enable
greater interoperability of third-parties' products, such as Sun's
StarOffice 6.0, with Office..."