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Expansion of file formats scheduled for Microsoft Office

21 May 2008

Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2), scheduled for the first half of 2009, will add support for XML Paper Specification (XPS), Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.5, PDF/A and Open Document Format (ODF) v1.1.

When using 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 without having to install any other code.

Users will also be able to set ODF as the default file format for Office 2007.

To also provide ODF support for users of earlier versions of Microsoft Office (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 says that the additions will offer customers greater choice and more flexibility among document formats, as well as creating additional opportunities for developer and competitors.


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