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Critics Blast Microsoft Despite ODF Support Pledge

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| Microsoft said it's going to build native ODF support into Office 2007. But
| is that enough to satisfy the rival camp after a lengthy debate over OOXML?
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http://www.internetnews.com/software...le.php/3748596

Should We Fear the (Redmond) Geeks Bearing Gifts?

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| As well as this unexpected backing, proponents of ODF should also find their
| hand strengthened once OpenOffice.org 3.0 appears. By all accounts it's a
| good step up from version 2.0, and that was markedly better than 1.0.
| All-in-all, then, things are looking up for open source office suites in
| enterprises: now might be a good time to go on the offensive.
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http://www.computerworlduk.com/commu...SS&entryid=815

Microsoft's ODF Policy Gets Skeptical Reception From EU

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| Little sooner had Microsoft announced upcoming Office support for the Open
| Document Format than the European Commission countered that it will
| investigate to make sure such a measure actually ensures greater consumer
| choice. Microsoft's Office 2007 will support ODF once the suite's Service
| Pack 2 comes along. It's expected in the first half of 2009.
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/rsstory/63120.html

Microsoft's embrace of ODF cautiously welcomed

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| A looming concern is if Microsoft's implementation of ODF within Office will
| handle documents with the same or better performance as competing suites.
| Microsoft has been criticized for embracing a particular standard but using
| subtle means within its software to subvert it.
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...591799&rid=-50

All eyes on how Microsoft pulls off ODF support

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| European Commission, weary of dealing with Microsoft, will put the software
| giant under the microscope
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http://www.linuxworld.com.au/index.p...725720&rid=-50

EU to investigate Microsoft file format support.

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| Microsoft's move, also announced Wednesday, is seen as a concession to
| regulators concerned about competition and to customers, mainly governments,
| worried about product lock-in.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9950148-7.html
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