"Although it appeared in May, 2006 that ODF functionality for
Office was just around the corner, it turns out that users won't be
seeing a production ODF (Open Document Format) plugin for Microsoft
Office this year, after all.
"In an interview with Groklaw's Pamela Jones, the OpenDocument
Foundation Inc.'s co-founder and president, Gary Edwards said, the
Foundation has 'completed testing on an ODF Plugin for all versions
of MS Office dating back to MS Office 97. The ODF Plugin installs
on the file menu as a natural and transparent part of the open,
save, and save as sequences. As far as end users and other
application add-ons are concerned, ODF plugin renders ODF documents
as if it were native to MS Office...'"