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Want ODF support in Office now? Sun says no problem

Sun has updated its ODF Plug-in to version 1.2, available for Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007 SP1+. Make sure to check out the tech specs before taking the plunge and downloading the 33.06 MB installer. Don't worry about the fact that Sun forces you to choose between Windows 95/98/NT/2000/XP, and doesn't have an option for Vista, because the installer is one and the same for all of the choices.

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New York confirms demand for ODF

"If all that proprietary vendors are waiting for before they directly support ODF is a 'broad-based customer request,' then they should be aware that such a demand already exists in New York state," according to the May 2008 Electronic Documents Report to the Governor and Legislature prepared by New York state's IT office.

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Microsoft's ODF support points to Open XML challenges

Microsoft Corp.'s plan to add ODF support to its Office applications suite next year reflects continued challenges for the software vendor's own Office Open XML file format, as the industry moves ahead with adopting ODF and sorts out Open XML's troubles. Though Open XML was ratified as an open standard by the ISO international standards body on April 1, it continues to face impediments to widespread adoption. On Friday, it was revealed that South Africa is appealing ISO's approval of the standard.

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Web-based spreadsheets with and Dojo

As functionality traditionally associated with desktop applications moves to the Web, developers are looking for new ways to handle that computational heavy lifting on the server side. But if you need to create a Web-based application that behaves like an office suite, there's no need to reinvent the wheel: the open source suite can actually serve as the powerhouse behind a Web application. In this article, you'll learn how to combine and Dojo to create a simple Ajax-based spreadsheet application much like Google Spreadsheets.

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New York Times covers Microsoft's support for ODF

Microsoft, under pressure from European regulators, national standards organizations and its own government clients, said it planned to give customers the ability to open, edit and save documents in Open Document Format — the main competitor to the Microsoft Word format — through a free update. With the update, consumers will be able to save text documents in ODF format and adjust Office 2007 settings to automatically save documents in the rival format...

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