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Gray Matter

Gray Knowlton's blog on Microsoft Office

February, 2008

  • Friday Afternoon Fun

    Yesterday was a big day, filled with lots of goodness on openness and interoperability . Today I thought I'd share some stuff that is a little different than my normal focus, but very interesting nonetheless. I realized last night (thanks to a not-so...
  • Microsoft on Interoperability: “Significant, Strategic Change”

    Today is a very important day in the history of Microsoft; it's a moment with which I am very happy to be associated. If you didn't see the big news , you can read about it here . But if you just want to skip to the "What does this mean for Office and...
  • “Harmonization” vs. “Unification”

    Patrick Durusau, Editor of the ODF specification(s) has offered another post in the vein of "can't we all just get along?" For all the discussion however, these documents from Mr. Durusau indicate a good path forward. This path is similar (the same) as...
  • Open XML in the world

    This week Mike Walker announced a new "OBA Component Library " for Financial Services (OBA == Office Business Applications). If you're not familiar with OBAs , they are applications that are designed to help you use Office to get more out of the data...
  • Interop Vendor Alliance Tests Open XML Interoperability

    http://interopvendoralliance.org/labs/ The Interop Vendor Alliance has been testing various scenarios with Open XML interoperability. If you're not familiar with the Interop Vendor Alliance (IVA), you can read about their activities here. They've...
  • ODF Alliance: The widening gap between fact and fiction

    I was pointed at a document created by the ODF alliance (with a creation date of Feb 6 th ) that discusses the recent dust-up on supported file types in Office 2003 Service Pack 3. While this was not one of our shining moments as a product, I was disappointed...
  • “I am rubber, you are glue…”

    Rob Weir is apparently offended that someone would suggest that ODF is controlled by a single vendor, going so far as to accuse Burton Group of some influence over the Open XML ISO voting process. He says: "Waiting until after February, after the DIS...
  • Balancing the opinions on ODF TC Members

    Given my remarks about the current chair of the OASIS ODF TC , I thought I'd round out my ODF related discussion with something a bit more positive. In fact, I don't even have to add any commentary of my own, I'd just like the work to speak for itself...
  • Got FUD? Here’s a guide for the perplexed

    I saw Bob Sutor's post last week titled " There is humor in the OOXML morass ." This is where he calls out comments from Nick Tsilas as worthy of "a good laugh." I interpreted Bob's post as an attempt by IBM to deny that they are leading the charge against...
  • On “motivation” and commitment to open file formats

    Microsoft has been and continues to be fully committed to opening its document formats for Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Interoperability is not new to Office, and Open XML is part of a much broader strategy around interoperability for Office. When we look...