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July 6, 2006 at 9:48 AM

Microsoft launches OpenDocument Format project

Microsoft unveiled a project to translate documents created in its popular word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs into a competitive open-source file format.

The Open XML Translator project is “in response to government requests for interoperability” with OpenDocument Format, Microsoft said in a news release issued late Wednesday.

ODF, developed by Oasis, a nonprofit group pushing for e-business standards, has the backing of Microsoft competitors, including IBM and Sun Microsystems.

Microsoft said the translator is being developed as open-source software. Microsoft is aiming to spread access to its Open XML file format, which will be part of the forthcoming Office 2007 release, while also giving people the choice to use the ODF format, among others.

An early version of the translator to be added to Word 2007 was posted today at SourceForge, an open source software development Web site. The Word tool is scheduled to be complete and available by the end of the year, with translators for Excel and PowerPoint due in 2007. Microsoft also plans to make it compatible with older versions of Office.

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