September 2007 news items

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25 Sept 2007
TeamDrive Embraces ODF and OpenOffice.org, Will Kraft, Application Development Trends
"Primesharing, a Hamburg, Germany-based software company, unveiled the newest release of its TeamDrive collaboration product... TeamDrive now features full support for the OASIS OpenDocument Format."

17 Sept 2007
IBM Releases Office Desktop Software, IBM
"IBM Lotus Symphony [is] a suite of free software tools for creating and sharing documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Lotus Symphony supports multiple file formats including Microsoft Office and Open Document Format (ODF), and also can output content in PDF format." Product page and link to download page. "The tools work with computers running both Microsoft Windows and Linux- environments, with support for Apple Macintosh planned for the future."

Netherlands Picks ODF, John Gøtze
"On behalf of the Dutch government, Frank Heemskerk, Minister of Economic Affairs, announced today that ODF will be the standard for reading, publishing and the exchange of information for all governmental organisations. The deadline is January 2009. Dutch announcement: Ministerie van Economische Zaken - Verplicht gebruik open standaarden bij overheid. English translation is here.

10 Sept 2007
IBM joins OpenOffice.org community, OpenOffice.org Press Release
"The OpenOffice.org community today announced that IBM will be joining the community to collaborate on the development of OpenOffice.org software. IBM will be making initial code contributions that it has been developing as part of its Lotus Notes product, including accessibility enhancements..."

IBM Throws its Active Support behind OpenOffice.org (at last), Consortium Standards Blog
"...here's more on the announcement itself, and why it's so significant...."

04 Sept 2007
Vote closes on draft ISO/IEC DIS 29500 standard, ISO
"A ballot on whether to publish the draft standard ISO/IEC DIS 29500, Information technology – Office Open XML file formats, as an International Standard by ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) has not achieved the required number of votes for approval."

Some of the commentary:
The results of the ISO voting: Office Open XML is Disapproved - Updated: It's Official, Groklaw
Includes the list of votes by country as well as full copies of the ISO press release and Microsoft's press release, and commentary.

Microsoft Fails to Gain Approval for OOXML, Consortium Standards Blog
Reprints and analyses Microsoft's press release attempting to make this defeat sound like a great step forward.

ISO votes to reject Microsoft's OOXML as standard, Peter Sayer, PC World
Contains this quote, from Frederic Couchet, spokesman for APRIL, the French Association for the Promotion and Research of Free Computing: "The OOXML format contains significant design flaws," and it will be difficult to correct them "other than by starting again from scratch, or by enriching the already existing standard, Open Document Format."

OOXML, the past. ODF, the future., Bob Sutor
"Congratulations to all who worked to secure this result in the goal of high quality, non-vendor dictated open standards... I predict we’ll see even more adoption of ODF by governments, large and small; by users, young and old; and organizations, both commercial and non-profit. We’ll see more active development and evolution of ODF within OASIS and all are welcome to participate in that."

Microsoft FUD Watch: OOXML Edition, Joe Wilcox, eWeek Microsoft Watch
"In all my years working as a journalist, I've never seen any technology company spin information the way Microsoft did today. The press release on OOXML ratification is a blueprint for spinning semantics, and the stringing together of truths and half-truths to seemingly make the outcome of one event something else altogether."

How to Hack ISO, Rob Weir
"Let's drill into the numbers a bit and see what this all means. First, recall JTC1's two approval criteria for Fast Track submissions..."

Microsoft Office Open XML Fails to Win ISO Vote, Kurt Cagle, O'Reilly xml.com
"Develop a standard that people in general are comfortable supporting, then building your tools to take advantage of the new standard, lies at the heart of the open standards movement."