Microsoft has expanded the list of formats supported in Microsoft Office. The 2007 Microsoft Office system already supports 20 different document formats within Office Word, Office Excel and Office PowerPoint. The release of Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) will also include XML Paper Specification (XPS), Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.5, PDF/A and Open Document Format (ODF) v1.1 in the list. This Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) is scheduled to launch in the first half of 2009.
With SP2, users will be able to open, edit and save documents using ODF and save documents into the XPS and PDF fixed formats from directly within the application. They do not even need to install any other code. Also they can set ODF as the default file format for Office 2007. Moreover, to provide ODF support for users of Microsoft Office XP and Office 2003, Microsoft will continue to collaborate with the open source community in the ongoing development of the Open XML-ODF translator project on SourceForge.net.
“Microsoft’s support for ODF in Office is a great step that enables customers to work with the document format that best meets their needs, and it enables interoperability in the marketplace,” said Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions for Novell. “Novell is proud to be an industry leader in cross-platform document interoperability through our work in the Document Interoperability Initiative, the Interop Vendor Alliance and with our direct collaboration with Microsoft in our Interoperability Lab. We look forward to continuing this work for the benefit of customers across the IT spectrum.”
Microsoft further said that it is committed to provide Office customers with the ability to open, edit and save documents in the Chinese national document file format standard, Uniform Office Format (UOF). Currently Microsoft is supporting the development of the UOF-Open XML translator project on SourceForge.net, and also intends to promote the distribution and ease of use of the translator.