CyberTech Rambler

March 20, 2008

Not too worried about Microsoft claiming IBM support OOXML

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 8:14 am

Ed Brill blogged about a recent PR push by Microsoft. In particular, he is not happy that Microsoft claims IBM support OOXML because the latter has OOXML in a few products.

Personally speaking, I am not too worry about that. First, IBM is a large company with probably one of the widest portfolio of IT-related products in the world. It is therefore reasonable, in general, to claim that IBM support something if that something appears in one of its product. I know this particular Microsoft claim is a far strength of the truth. It all started a few months by a few Microsofties. Rob Weir rebuttal is here. In Weir’s article you will find links to the claims by Microsofties.

The more important thing to note is, for a lot of the claimed support, it is misleading. When one claim support for document format, I, like most people, will expect read/write. For a standard that aims to be the document standard for creating/editing documents, this is a must. Unfortunately if you check some of Microsoft claims, you will find that the support is limitted to read only. The sad fact is, Microsoft’s rivals actually have better support (read/write) for OOXML: IBM’s DB2 can translate to-and-from OOXML, and there are rumours that the Upcoming OpenOffice.org version 3 will be able to read/write to OOXML, which is more than what I can say for Apple’s support for OOXML.

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2 Comments »

  1. […] that it is the first application that will read and write OOXML so much so that I mentioned it in a blog post. It appears that OpenOffice.org is also following the bait-and-trap approach, i.e., reading OOXML […]

    Pingback by OpenOffice.org OOXML bait-and-trap « CyberTech Rambler — April 17, 2008 @ 3:03 pm | Reply

  2. […] that it is the first application that will read and write OOXML so much so that I mentioned it in a blog post. It appears that OpenOffice.org is also following the bait-and-trap approach, i.e., reading OOXML […]

    Pingback by OpenOffice.org’s OOXML bait-and-trap « CyberTech Rambler — April 17, 2008 @ 3:04 pm | Reply


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