And Now There are Two: Sun Announces its ODF Plug-in

Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 7, 2007 5:24 PM EDT Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove
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Just a few minutes ago, Sun announced that it would make a "preview" version of its Office to ODF plugin in "mid February," with the full version to follow "later this spring." Plugins will be available for use with both Sun's StarOffice as well as the open source office suite. The announcement comes three days after Microsoft announced the immediate availability of its Office to ODF plugin at SourceForge.

At this time, neither plugin will work with all versions of Office. According to the press release issued by Sun just now (the full text appears below), the Sun plugin will only work with Office 2003 text documents, while the Microsoft plugin will only assist users that upgrade to Microsoft Office 2007, as it is based upon the OOXML formats. Initially, that means that most Office users will be able to use the Sun plugin, but not the Microsoft-sponsored alternative.

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