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Committee to ensure ODF apps conform to standard

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| The Organisation for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
| (Oasis), which fights for open standards for information, has formed a new
| committee to advance the OpenDocument Format (ODF).
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http://www.itnews.com.au/News/88201,...-standard.aspx

OASIS forms interoperability panel

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| The Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards
| (OASIS) has formed a new committee to foster interoperability and conformance
| with the OpenDocument Format (ODF) standard.
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http://www.gcn.com/online/vol1_no1/47495-1.html


Recent:

ODF conference heads to SA

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| As one of the lead parties in the OOXML ISO opposition and with a government
| ODF strategy, the second OpenDocument Format workshop is, fittingly, to be
| held in South Africa in October.
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http://www.tectonic.co.za/?p=2978


ODF Wins the Office Document Format War?

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| Exactly why Microsoft is backpedaling its support for OOXML is not known. But
| open standards maven Andy Updegrove blogs that it may have something to do
| with Microsoft's current regulatory troubles in Europe and with the standards
| bodies that now govern OOXML. It appears likely that Microsoft actually can't
| implement a fully-compliant version of the standard just yet.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,14...s/article.html


Huge Success for the ODF Community

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| OpenOffice.org, which is just one implementation of ODF, is currently being
| downloaded more than 1.2M times per week and being distributed by popular
| hardware products like the Asus Eee PC. Government organizations around the
| world are adopting OpenOffice.org and/or ODF and have started to help each
| other with their adoption challenges. Thus, ODF has become a "market force"
| that can't be ignored anymore. Thus, again, congratulations and thank you to
| all the people who have contributed to the success of OpenOffice.org and ODF
| so far! Well done!
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http://blogs.sun.com/dancer/entry/hu...ss_for_the_odf


Is Office the new Netscape?

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| One of the cornerstones of Microsoft's competitive strategy over the years
| has been to redefine competitors' products as features of its own products.
| Whenever some upstart PC software company started to get traction with a new
| application - the Netscape browser is the most famous example - Microsoft
| would incorporate a version of the application into its Office suite or
| Windows operating system, eroding the market for the application as a
| standalone product and starving its rival of economic oxygen (ie, cash). It
| was an effective strategy as well as a controversial one.
|
| Now, though, the tables may be turning. Google is trying to pull a Microsoft
| on Microsoft by redefining core personal-productivity applications -
| calendars. word processing, spreadsheets, etc. - as features embedded in
| other products. There's a twist, though. Rather than just incorporating the
| applications as features in its own products, Google is offering them up to
| other companies, particularly big IT vendors, to incorporate as features in
| their products.
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http://www.roughtype.com/archives/20...f_the_corn.php


Microsoft can’t support Open XML

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| If Microsoft can’t give users a compelling reason to switch from their old
| version of Office to Office 14 their cash-flow is going to slow down
| considerably.
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http://practical-tech.com/business/m...port-open-xml/


The Fall of Microsoft Office

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| On the same day that the state of New York published a report supporting open
| formats for electronic documents, mighty Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) said that
| it would support the open-source ODF format in Office 2007. Redmond's own
| Open Office XML specification may be heading for the great Recycle Bin in the
| sky, never to come back.
|
| [...]
|
| I can't say that Google or Sun or anybody else just won a bigger share of the
| office software market, and if they did, it won't help their revenue or
| profits directly anyway. But it's clear as day that Microsoft just took a
| serious hit, and the impact may take a long time to make itself felt but it
| will come.
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http://www.fool.com/investing/genera...ft-office.aspx


Is Microsoft Office in trouble?

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| And, now Microsoft isn't hurrying to support its own format, but it is moving
| to support PDF and ODF... Could it be that all those copies of Office 2007
| Microsoft boasts of selling are collecting dust at reseller and retailer
| warehouses instead of being used on office systems? Could users be sticking
| with their older copies of Office and when they do want to move to something
| newer, they're moving to OpenOffice and Google instead?
|
| Interesting isn't it?
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http://blogs.computerworld.com/is_mi...ice_in_trouble


Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.
|
| [...]
|
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term
| revenue significantly."
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http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_9061263


Microsoft earnings post-mortem: The cash cows quiver

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| I can’t help but wonder if the lackluster Windows/Office results also can be
| attributed to Microsoft brass’s complete and crazy obsession with Google (and
| taking over Yahoo) has resulted in no one minding the Windows store. Kevin
| Johnson, the head of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division seems to be so
| laser-focused on the online-ad business these days that he almost seems to
| have forgotten Microsoft is still in the software business, too.
|
| Microsoft execs’ claims about walking away from the Yahoo deal are nothing
| more than bluster. A protracted hostile takeover bid is just going to
| distract not just employees in Microsoft’s online services business, but
| company management, too. It’s not a pretty picture.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1362


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?
|
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have
| to go with that.
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http://www.news.com/Feeling-the-heat...tag=ne.fd.mnbc
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