Novell Adds Microsofts Open XML to OpenOffice
Novell is adding open-source Open XML format reading and writing functionality to OpenOffice.org.The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novells announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format. The release candidate of Novells modified version of OpenOffice.org 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
In addition to all the usual OpenOffice.org features, this version includes support for the Open XML document format, plus the ability to e-mail any document as a Microsoft Office file from the systems default e-mail application. It also enables users to migrate Excel VBA (Visual Basic Application) macros to OpenOffices Calc. This version also includes AGFA fonts that mimic Microsofts default TrueType fonts.