While Dan Farber was busy getting comment from Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie regarding the chances that Microsoft Office may one day support the OpenDocument Format (ODF), Corel officials were apparently preparing their official response to a report (seen here on ZDNet's Between the Lines) that the company decided to reaffirm its commitment to ODF after originally saying it wasn't ready for prime-time. That report, based on an e-mail to me from OpenOffice.
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