Readers Respond: Zero Tolerance for Microsoft Office
Readers respond to the eWEEK article, "Zero Tolerance for Microsoft Office."I read with interest Peter Coffees article "Zero Tolerance for Microsoft Office," as we are midway through a transition away from that suite [Sept. 11]. However, as this is a transition not to another suite but to a [file] format, I was concerned about Coffees comment, "Open XML-based formats are years away from giving enterprise sites truly vendor-neutral suites. ..." An ISO standard [document format] does exist, and at least three office suites read/write it fully interchangeably, with two others having only minor issues with layout; others with such support are in the pipeline. This is not years away but present now. There are even several plug-ins in development for Microsoft Office to allow read/write of ISO26300, and rumor has it that the Open Document Foundation plug-in is pretty good.
Was Coffee specifically referring to Microsoft Open XML? If thats the case, years is probably right. Or never?
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