CyberTech Rambler

June 12, 2007

HP supporting OOXML

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 1:00 pm

Apparently, Brian Jones find it worthwhile to write a blog post about HP asking for OOXML approval at ISO.  The blog post is based on this HP position statement.

Anything new? No. Anything significant? No.

HP is not in the business of creating a set of applications known as Office Productivity Software, better known to joe public as Microsoft Office. Hence, it is going to take the “sit on the fence” approach. Once in a while it is prepared to be nudge by one of its partner to issues statements of support, just like everyone else. Doesn’t change the fact that at present, there is only one vendor capable of fully implementing the OOXML standard, which is the crux of the problem with OOXML.

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2 Comments »

  1. Don’t you think HP might implement printers that can print documents from a memory card, or projectors that can read a presentation stright from a stick?

    Comment by Stephen — June 12, 2007 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

  2. Yes. And I will probably buy one projector/printer that does this. I do see the value proposition here.

    However, it does not change the fact that HP is not in the office productivity software business. I cannot see HP creating one. If it really need a productivity suite other than MS office, it is likely to adopt OpenOffice.org or StarOffice.org

    Moreover, there is doubt on whether HP will write the implementation themselves. It is likely that they will choose to buy in third party libraries to read document formats and integrate it with their products. Its too easy for another vendor to copy this feature, and if they buy in third party libaries while HP develops (and maintains) its own, HP might be at cost disadvantage.

    Finally, it does not matter whether OOXML or ODF wins the document format war. HP will support the wineer if they want to implement printers that prints from memory card of projects that read straight from a stick. In fact, if it is a stalemate, I can see HP implementing both.

    Comment by ctrambler — June 13, 2007 @ 12:15 pm | Reply


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