-format compatibily."> Speaking of flexibility, StarOffice 8 ships with a new native file format the OASIS Open Document Format for Office Applications, also known as OpenDocumentwhich covers text, spreadsheet, chart and graphical documents. OpenDocument is intended to allow for diversity among office suite applications without requiring format importers and exporters and the compatibility issues that often accompany them. For example, KOffice, the office suite that ships as part of the K Desktop Environment, includes OpenDocument as a format option, and the KDE Project has announced that OpenDocument will become the default format for KOffice in a future release. The AbiWord word processor and Gnumeric spreadsheet applications--two more open-source, cross-platform office productivity options--do not support OpenDocument now, but both projects plan to add this support in upcoming releases.Next Page: Compatibility with Office.
The file formats from previous versions of StarOffice are still present in this latest release. This will be important for organizations running earlier versions of StarOffice, which wont open OpenDocument documents. Companies that wish to use the new format without paying for the StarOffice upgrade can use OpenOffice.org 2.0, which also creates and opens OpenDocument files, or OpenOffice.org 1.1.5, which can read but not write to the new format.