Corel Announces "Have it Your Way" Format Strategy

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Nov 29, 2006 9:58 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy updegrove
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In an announcement that many would have expected to have been made over a year ago, Corel announced this morning that it will provide "open, view and edit support for ODF" - and for Office OpenXML (OOXML), the format submitted to Ecma for adoption, as well. The announcement states that the new functionality will be just a "first step towards a comprehensive set of functionality for both formats," but does not specify what actions might follow, or when.

Corel is positioning itself as a neutral in the current format competition between Microsoft, and the supporters of ODF. Unlike its earlier decision not to announce support for ODF, its new strategy would provide its existing government customers with an excellent rationale for remaining in the Corel camp, and give other potential public customers a trusted, fully featured product to consider in contrast to Microsoft Office. It all makes perfect sense, just as it would have a year ago. The only question is why it took so long, especially given the fact that Sun has been aggressively promoting its StarOffice product suite to government customers, and, in particular among open source software that supports ODF, has also met with success in the marketplace.

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