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Eric Lai: "Lotusphere: Whoops?! IBM products support Microsoft's Open XML doc format!

I just saw Eric Lai's article on Computerworld about IBM's support for OpenXML.

Nobody has invested more to defeat Microsoft Corp.'s Open XML document format than IBM Corp.
So why is IBM supporting Open XML in a handful of its products?
The software that support Open XML include its Lotus Quickr collaboration platform, its Websphere Portal for z/OS mainframes, its DB2 Content Manager v8.4 and its DB2 9 pureXML database.

Last week Doug Mahugh pointed to IBM's support in Websphere Portal as well. In some cases IBM's support for OpenXML seems to exceed ODF, for example IBM seem* to say here that their FileNet product supports OpenXML but not ODF** ....


* I don't claim to be up to speed on IBM's technologies anymore, and simply note that the copyright on the file is 2008 so is presumably up to date.
** If anyone from IBM happens by I believe these are the OpenOffice ODF MIME types.

You never know - maybe the Notes announcement is coming this week at Lotusphere? Wink


Yoon-Kit Yong said:

Doesnt this just prove that IBM isn't behind this "attack" against Microsoft?

Now if only Microsoft will support competitive file formats natively just like it used to when it was not a monopoly.



# January 21, 2008 6:47 AM said:

Well well well, a few days ago I wondered out loud whether IBM was planning to make an announement about

# January 24, 2008 10:37 PM

Oliver Bell said:

YK, I grew up in an IBM household, my uncle was a senior executive of the company and the conversations over the dinner table when I was a child taught me a lot about the organization - that was a few years ago but I doubt it has changed all that much.

Like all corporates IBM has many different business units, sometimes they partner on solving problems, sometimes they have quiet disagreements and sometimes they compete with each other in the open market. (like the RS/6000 and mainframe businesses did for many years).

What seems to be happening at the moment is that one part of IBM is standing up to fight against OpenXML, and we have seen plenty of evidence of that, while another part of IBM is listening to their own customers and are building support for the format into their products.

They're many magnitudes larger than Microsoft, both in terms of revenue and people, and at times I have to guess that it is tough to hold all that together.

# January 25, 2008 4:28 AM

Sehmi-Conscious Thoughts said:

There's been a lot of buzz about Open XML and if you're wondering how to ramp up quickly, then I'd highly

# January 28, 2008 12:30 PM

Noticias externas said:

There's been a lot of buzz about Open XML and if you're wondering how to ramp up quickly, then

# January 28, 2008 12:31 PM