Compatibility Pack for Open XML passes 100 million downloads

Sorry for the absence, I took a short break from work and blogging after the birth of our second child. Being a parent is a great blessing. It’s just the signing up for 12 more months of 3-hour increments of sleep that I’m not so sure about J. But it’s back to work for me…


Clearing up a few matters with respect to ODF and SP2

  By all accounts last week was a busy one. So much has now gone back and forth on the spreadsheet formula issue that it is easy to get lost in the volume of coverage. As a follow-up to my last post, I’d like to help set some things straight on the topic. You should…


Rethinking ODF leadership

I can’t help but observe the “discussion” underway with respect to spreadsheet interoperability that Rob Weir has started. Essentially Rob is complaining that Microsoft didn’t implement the formula namespace of OpenOffice. For the chair of the committee to post vitriol like this about the implementation of his own format raises a number of very concerning…


Office 2007 Service Pack 2 Kiosk, with more staples

Read this first if you’re looking for SP2 details: Office 2007 Service Pack 2 is getting quite a bit of attention, it is great to see. There has been world-wide traffic coming to my blog, and I’m sure that Doug’s, Tom Robertson’s, Sustaining Engineering, and other posts are getting lots of traffic as well….


Office 2007 Service Pack 2 Kiosk

UPDATE: The links for the downloads for SP2 are in the process of replicating across mirrors for our WW download center. The download links are expected to be live at around 11:00AM PDT.   Update: The download links for SP2 are now live. The Office development team has been pretty busy with the Service Pack 2 release…


The value of a checkbox as defined by a standard

Just keeping tabs on the state of matters for document format standards. I thought I’d share some of those interesting data points and connect some dots along the way. Ouch. Rich Jelliffe discusses some of the dynamics of the OASIS ODF TC. Rick says: “It seems that OASIS rules actually ban Technical Committee members from…


Gartner: Open XML “would have been a better choice than ODF as the single standard”

Gartner has published a report about document format standards. They have pointed out a number of key challenges related to document format standards, and illustrate clearly some of the issues that remain from the Open XML and ODF ratification waves. This report offers several interesting conclusions about the utilization of document formats and exactly how…


Interesting adoption data for Open XML and ODF

I recall this Rob Weir post. “Now we shouldn’t be so careless as to say that there are only 2,000 OOXML document in existence, or for that matter only 160,000 ODF documents. Not all documents are posted on the web. In fact, most of them are sitting on hard drives, in mail files, behind corporate…


Redmond ODF workshop feels pretty good

You’ll see some blog traffic on this, so I thought I’d throw my own log onto the fire. I attended the ODF workshop yesterday, mainly to sit in the back and watch how things unfolded, but also to learn a little bit myself. I must say that after the conclusion of the event, I was…


Regarding the future of Open XML

As I troll the blogosphere and reporting on Open XML and ODF, I notice a question has surfaced regarding the future of Open XML that is probably worth addressing. Many have asked or speculated that the recent announcement of ODF in Service Pack 2 is an indication that Microsoft is quietly stepping away from Open…