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ODF 1.1 Implementer Notes for Office 2007 SP2
have just been published on the Document Interop Initiative (DII) site :- Welcome to the Microsoft Office 2007 SP2 Open Document Format (ODF) implementer notes site .  Here you will find detailed information about Office’s support for each section...
Windows 7 Wordpad supports OpenXML and ODF
I was just in the day 2 keynote here at PDC2008 in LA. Steve Sinofsky confirmed that Wordpad now has support for OpenXML and ODF. I’ll update this post later today with screenshots.
Windows Live ID Commits to Support OpenID
In February 2007 I noted that Craig Mundie announced collaboration on the use of Windows CardSpace with the OpenID 2.0 specification. A year later, in February 2008, Microsoft joined the board of the OpenID foundation. Beginning today, Windows Live ID...
Interoperability with the Windows Azure Platform
Today’s announcement at PDC2008 of Windows Azure and the Windows Azure Platform is, unsurprisingly, all over the news. There are fact sheets galore, whitepapers, transcripts, videos etc available on the PressPass Event page , I thought I’d point to this ...
An interoperability status update from the Samba project
An interesting post from the Samba Team’s Andrew Bartlett from which I will pull one or two excerpts to give a flavour but encourage you to read the original. Andrew writes:- Over the 2 weeks at the end of September 2008, I attended two interoperability...
Microsoft joins Advanced Message Queuing Protocol WG
My friend and colleague Sam Ramji has just posted the news that Microsoft has been invited to join the AMQP Working Group   by the six founding members. To avoid any confusion, this announcement is about open middleware rather than email systems...
Silverlight 2 will be available tomorrow .. with new Eclipse tools too
According to the press release , Silverlight already reaches one in four consumers worldwide. This is also noteworthy (my links), “Microsoft also announced further support of open source communities by funding advanced Silverlight development capabilities...
Workshop on ODF support in Office 2007 SP2
Today I am in a rather overcast Redmond for Microsoft's workshop on ODF support in Office 2007 SP2. (Dough Mahugh wrote about this workshop a few weeks ago.) A few folk have blogged that they're here, and I am sure others will too, but there's one notable...
IBM's SEC 10-K report: Open Standards? Interoperability?
I was just looking at IBM's latest annual SEC 10-K report . "Open Standards" are listed in the "Key Business Drivers" section with the following note (my emphasis):- Open Standards The broad adoption of open standards is essential to the computing model...
Italy: New project to bring OpenXML to Apache POI
Another of my colleagues, this time Andrea Valboni in Italy, has just written about an interesting project kicking off there to extend the Apache POI Java libraries to include OpenXML. Andrea writes Microsoft and Sourcesense, a company delivering consultancy...
New tools for Accessibility Interoperability
Microsoft just launched a new online resource and released two new open-source accessibility testing tools for developers who want to create accessible and assistive technology products that make it easier for everyone —including people with impairments...
IE8 beta passes ACID2 test "out of the box"
notice also the domain highlighting.
IE8 to pass Acid2 test in default configuration
I am pleased to report that Microsoft has confirmed that IE8 will use "Standards Mode" (and pass the Acid2 test) by default. Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager for Internet Explorer, has written about the change on the IEBlog . We’ve decided that IE8...
Novell: Do your office docs play well with others?
Novell's Kevin Barney blogs about the availability and benefits of the Office Open XML/OpenDocument format translators for presentations and spreadsheets in Novell's Open PR blog :- You know they’ve been in the works, but the Office Open XML/OpenDocument...
An unexpected valentine!
Sun and Microsoft have taken the time to certify and optimize Microsoft Windows® performance on Sun’s x64 servers, workstations and storage technologies. So, there is nothing stopping you from populating your data center and desktops with cutting-edge...
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