Those following my blog would have read about several governments adopting ODF associated policies ( http://www-03.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/AntonySatyadas?entry=belgian_government_adopts_odf_open ), ISO voting ODF as an international standard, as well as Microsoft pursuing Open XML as the standard with ECMA standards group.
Here is an interesting Microsoft press release: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060706/sfth055.html?.v=65 that announces Microsoft sponsored open source project for Open XML - ODF File Translation (http://sourceforge.net/projects/odf-converter ).
Check out this piece in Bob suitor's blog calling out some of the FUD! http://www.sutor.com/newsite/blog-open/?p=783
Key FUD items
- FUD: "Open XML and ODF are designed to meet very different customer requirements"
- Fact: The primary difference is that Open XML are designed for those who use Microsoft spreadsheet, word processor, presentation!
- Fact: There are virtually no documents in existence that use the Open XML formats; any existing binary Office documents will have to be translated to it, warts and all, including every odd subformat that has been tried through the years, successful or not.
- Fact: ODF is under active development by a worldwide community of experts not under the control of a single vendor who are making it state of the art in such areas as accessibility!
What does this do to Office 2007 release dates? No Impact?