"IBM and Sun Microsystems are considering forming a foundation
to increase adoption of the OpenDocument format, which is emerging
as a threat to Microsoft's dominant Office suite of software. The
two companies will host a one-day conference on Friday to
'coordinate the technical and strategic advancement' of
OpenDocument and its 'implementation in products by many vendors,'
according to an invitation posted to the Web.
"OpenDocument, officially called the OASIS Open Document Format
for Office Applications, is an XML-based format for office