Microsoft takes concrete steps to foster interoperability

To help foster interoperability among office productivity applications, Microsoft Corp. today published documentation detailing its implementation of OASIS Open Document Format (ODF) version 1.1 support in Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2, currently in beta and scheduled for release next year. Similarly detailed notes about the company's implementation of Open XML (Ecma 376 Edition 1) in Office will follow in the coming weeks.

These implementation notes offer a comprehensive guide on how Microsoft is implementing ODF and Open XML within its flagship Microsoft Office suite. The notes, available at no charge on the Document Interoperability Initiative (DII) site, will be useful to developers seeking to enhance the interoperability of their solutions with Microsoft products.

Dennis Hamilton, document-system interoperability architect said that this is an extremely valuable contribution to the pursuit of grounded, practical interoperability among applications and raises the bar for transparent disclosure of how standard formats are supported at a detailed level.

Doug Mahugh, senior project manager for Office interoperability added that by publishing notes on how Microsoft is implementing file format standards in Microsoft Office, they are providing detail that others can use as a reference point for their own applications. Mahugh also mentioned that Microsoft encourages other companies to take similar steps to help achieve greater interoperability across the industry.

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I'm not anti-M$ (yes TCLN Ryster childish $ ) at all I use windows for lots of things and believe it is has its place.
+/- Razorfold - I'm web designer for quite long and have banged my head against the wall too many times due to IE bugs. ACID test is way too complex but still gives a good idea of the browser state. How can most browsers do around 75 and IE does 21 (some say 12).

My point was that I don't like the company recent actions (btw why the hell windows 7 has docking icons like macos) something went quite wrong there. What happened with the new filesystem which was part of longhorn roadmap.

On the silverligh topic - I'm quite happy there is something like it because there is more will in Adobe to work on Flash Player (just to mention FP10 was released for win/mac/linux at the same time, and silverlight(moonlight) is pretty old under linux)

I don't want to do flame wars, but there are some major issues in microsoft

neoraptor said,
I'm web designer for quite long and have banged my head against the wall too many times due to IE bugs.

Ok, I'll test you:
You have an XML file with a stream of comments inside tags. All the markup is already in the tags' values (wrapped with CDATA).
You have to output a simple table or bunch of divs containing those comments using XSL stylesheet (executed on client side by browser).
Do it with so-called "standards-compliant" FurryFox. It takes 3 lines of XSL code to do that on real browsers, but I'll give you 1 day.
neoraptor said,
ACID test is way too complex but still gives a good idea of the browser state. How can most browsers do around 75 and IE does 21 (some say 12).

Lie. IE8 does 100 on ACID test. And 100 on ACID2 test.
neoraptor said,
why the hell windows 7 has docking icons like macos

You don't know what you are talking about. (btw look at Windows 1.0 and please stop liying)
neoraptor said,
What happened with the new filesystem which was part of longhorn roadmap.

Since you have no clue about it and definitely didn't actually install WinFS how can you say that?
neoraptor said,
is pretty old under linux .... there are some major issues

How many patches does typical Bash installation apply? And you can say Bash is the most used app.

RealFduch said,
...
How many patches does typical Bash installation apply? And you can say Bash is the most used app.

You might need to re-read what neoraptor said. He was perfectly factual about silverlight(moonlight) support being quite old on Linux. It is a few revisions back, so not a lot of features (especially the newer ones) are supported.

He was factual, and then you go way-off topic about bash patches? You totally lost me. What is your point on that item?

SolwayUK said,
we are talking about Acid3

Who are thos "we"? neoraptor talked about ACID test.
Dou you understand what's the difference between ACID2 and ACID3?

markjensen said,
You might need to re-read what neoraptor said. He was perfectly factual about silverlight(moonlight) support being quite old on Linux. It is a few revisions back, so not a lot of features (especially the newer ones) are supported.

He was factual, and then you go way-off topic about bash patches? You totally lost me. What is your point on that item?

I meant that even core apps are often outdated under Linux.
Moonligh 1.0 is supported on Linux. Silverlight 2.0 was released only 2 months ago. Can we really say that "silverlight(moonlight) is pretty old under linux"?

ACID test is way too complex but still gives a good idea of the browser state. How can most browsers do around 75 and IE does 21 (some say 12).


Acid 3 test is rather complex, find me one webpage which makes full use of the things it tests and then tell me.

IE8 passes both acid1 and 2 with 100%.

What happened with the new filesystem which was part of longhorn roadmap.


WinFS is not a filesystem. It is a way of managing and accessing files by using relational databases. The filesystem behind it is still NTFS.

Desperate Housewives/Micro$oft - recently released application for iPhone, IE8 RC1 does 21points on ACID3 test (firefox,safari,opera do more than 75, latest betas 100), Vista is complete failure in the corporate sector, Silverlight is still not adopted well, new name for Live.com - Kumo after no one is using it.

Happy holidays to M$

neoraptor said,
Desperate Housewives/Micro$oft - recently released application for iPhone, IE8 RC1 does 21points on ACID3 test (firefox,safari,opera do more than 75, latest betas 100), Vista is complete failure in the corporate sector, Silverlight is still not adopted well, new name for Live.com - Kumo after no one is using it.

Happy holidays to M$


Does your face ache?

'Cause you bloody making mine ache!

neoraptor said,
Desperate Housewives/Micro$oft - recently released application for iPhone, IE8 RC1 does 21points on ACID3 test (firefox,safari,opera do more than 75, latest betas 100), Vista is complete failure in the corporate sector, Silverlight is still not adopted well, new name for Live.com - Kumo after no one is using it.

Happy holidays to M$


Oh dear, it's not like your biased against MS (yes thats an S, not a childish $) at all.

Um firstly, the acid test doesn't really mean a whole lot.

Vista is not a complete failure, it may have been in the corporate sector but then many computers in the corporate sector still use 98/2000. Just because companies are holding off till windows 7 doesn't make Vista a failure. If you were an IT manager and decided to adopt vista, and upgraded your computers for it and then windows 7 came out, you would probably have to upgrade your computers all over again. Why spend twice the money?

Silverlight's adoption is growing, its relatively new compared to flash but it is still a great program.

Krome said,
...or "did their homework"... lol

Do your homework too. You should have translated your comment to Chinese so that people from China can read it.