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Office Binary Formats Released to the Public under Open Specification Promise
Finally what the open-source community has been asking from Microsoft has come to fruition, we've released the Office Binary Format in it's entirety and put it under our IRREVOCABLE, GPL-compatible, legally binding Open Specification Promise . This is an honest gesture by Microsoft to the developer...
20 Feb 2008
Burton Group Responds to ODF Alliance's Critique
This is what I call a healthy and civilized debate unlike much of the garbage and FUD being released by the blogosphere and press. If you aren't aware, Burton Group recently released a document outlining the business implications of ODF vs. OpenXML Although I agreed with the technical merits of the document...
8 Feb 2008
MacWorld - Office: Mac 2008 Excel
Excel is an application that most people identify with in someway. It is such a versatile application. The new 2008 version refines the application for the SMB and home-use market with innovative features. Below is a preview of some of the new concepts in Excel 2008. Ledger Sheets We...
28 Jan 2008
Enterprise Document Security with MOICE – Part I
Last year was a big year for Office documents. Office 2007 was launched, Office Open XML became an ECMA standard, and the security group for Office released a major service pack for Office 2003. Last year was also a big year for hackers who found one of the few remaining “Trojan horses,”...
24 Jan 2008
MacWorld - Introducing Office: Mac 2008
The Story Office 2008 is the first application from Microsoft that is released as a Universal binary meaning people don't have to worry about waiting to convert to all Intel Macs. It will work on G4s, G5s and Intel CPUs. Another big deal about this release is the official support of OpenXML...
15 Jan 2008
MacWorld 2008 - Day At The Office
Welcome from MacWorld 2008. Today is a big day! Today is the day that Microsoft will show off Office 2008 for Mac! I will be here all day and all week covering and speaking with interesting people on the "other side of the aisle." Many of you may be wondering...
15 Jan 2008
Office 2008 for Mac Goes Gold
Congratulations to the Office team in the MacBU! I can't wait to get my hands on Office 2008. For those of you interested, it will be available on shelves Jan. 15th. Never seen Mac Office? Hop on over to the site to see Office in all its Quartz glory. www.MacOffice2008.com Office...
17 Dec 2007
OpenXML Debate with GNOME Foundation Live at 1pm (GMT -5)
I'm lazy today so I'll just copy an excerpt from Slashdot about something I will definitely be watching around open standards and file formats. lisah writes "Linux.com's Robin 'Roblimo' Miller will moderate a live debate today, Wednesday, December 5 at 1pm US EST (GMT -5), between the GNOME Foundation...
5 Dec 2007
OpenXML Interoperabililty Using Linux and Java
Channel 9 has posted a great video interview and demo of how OpenXML easily allows interoperability with back-end systems on the LAMP stack. This demo was created by developers at Sonata Software who specialize in IT development and global off-shoring. The company is based in Bangalore but has clients...
29 Sep 2007
And There Was Much Rejoicing: Office Migration Planning Manager
For people who wanted to convert all their MS Office documents to the ECMA OpenXML file format * soon to be ISO ratified* in a batch process, this download will speed up your organization's migration. IT'S FREE!! like beer! Don't worry, it wont modify your orginal binary files, it will just create...
27 Aug 2007
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