IBM to support OpenDocument in 2006 - On Web Based Shared Applications

Posted by TxtEdMacs on Dec 5, 2005 3:55 PM EDT
ZDNet News: December 4, 2005; By Martin LaMonica, CNET
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IBM plans to implement web based applications using Open Data Formats (ODF) where users share the application and data by passing the desktop entirely. Apparently this is aimed primarily at rising economies of India and China where " ... They don't have the legacy of having everything saved in Microsoft Office to transition from...This is an opportunity to start out right." If true there is another very interesting aspect to this article: the claim that Microsoft's Open XML format is to be submitted to both " ... standards bodies ECMA International and ISO." The latter was not mentioned previously in what I have read and would be a much harder environment for Microsoft to sell its version of "openness". (Found on slashdot.)

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