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Microsoft Promises To Fully Support OOXML ... Later 163

Raul654 writes "OOXML is the Word document format that Microsoft rammed through the ISO last year. Last week, we discussed a blog post by Alex Brown, who was instrumental in getting OOXML approved by the ISO. Brown criticized Microsoft for reneging on its promise to support OOXML in the upcoming release of Office 2010, and for its lackadaisical approach to fixing the many bugs which still remain in the specification. Now, Doug Mahugh has responded to Brown's post, promising that Microsoft will support OOXML 'no later than the initial release of Office 15.'"
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Microsoft Promises To Fully Support OOXML ... Later

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  • Re:Office...15? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ircmaxell ( 1117387 ) on Friday April 09, 2010 @02:40PM (#31792934) Homepage
    Skipped due to superstition... Or at least that's what WikiPedia claims: []
  • by gad_zuki! ( 70830 ) on Friday April 09, 2010 @03:14PM (#31793344)

    as to how MS doesnt support their own file format, it because they're using a transitional version instead of the proper "strict" version. Wiki:

    On 31st March 2010, Dr Alex Brown, who had been the Convener of the February 2008 Ballot Resolution Meeting, posted an entry on his personal blog[111] in which he complained of Microsoft's lack of progress in adapting current and future versions of Microsoft Office to produce files in the Strict (as opposed to the Transitional) ISO 29500 format:
    " On this count Microsoft seems set for failure. In its pre-release form Office(TM) 2010 supports not the approved Strict variant of OOXML, but the very format the global community rejected in September 2007, and subsequently marked as not for use in new documents - the Transitional variant. Microsoft are behaving as if the JTC 1 standardisation process never happened...

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