Novell has released for download an Open XML translator that allows users to open and save Microsoft Office Open XML-formatted word-processing documents in OpenOffice. As a result, Microsoft is ready to proclaim that the document file-format wars are now officially over.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
Microsoft is continuing to roll out updates needed for a number of its products as a result of the early switch to Daylight Saving Time (DST) on March 11. The latest product to get the DST treatment is Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0.
Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources close to the company.
Whatever happened to Microsoft's LOBi (Line of Business Interoperability) strategy/technology/products? Weren't they supposed to be the answer to Microsoft developers' Office-integration prayers?
I'm starting to hear rumblings about an "Office Client for Dynamics." I bet this is the front-end piece of what essentially would be the Microsoft competitor to "Duet."
A Swedish, venture-backed startup believes it can beat both Microsoft and Google in bringing a "cloud OS" product to market. Xcerion has won over some impressive backers, including former NT architect Lou Perazzoli and former Microsoft CFO John Connors.
Microsoft launched a new Web site on March 1, its Beginner Developer Learning Center (BDLC), with the aim of bringing more "non-professional" programmers into the Microsoft fold.
On February 28, Adobe announced plans to release a hosted version of Photoshop within six months. Is rival Microsoft rushing to do the same with its growing family of design tools? For now, at least, the answer is no.
I had a chance to ask Tom Robertson, General Manager of Interoperability and Standards for Microsoft -- someone who has a lot invested in the ODF vs. OOXML contest -- a few questions regarding why folks should care about the never-ending file-format wars.
To disclose or not to disclose. That's the Microsoft question that's rearing its head again this week.