Lately I have been following the OpenDocument Format (ODF) craze. The more I read up and listen to podcasts on ODF, the more it makes sense to me. I blogged about ODF about a month ago when I was just familiar with the idea and googling ODF to learn about it. About a week ago, I read an article titled: Sun urges Massachusetts to reject Open XML. I was already following the MA government officials ever since Massachusetts put forth a goal to move all government document to OpenDocument format. Massachusetts has yet to decide on which vendor they will choose as their ODF software. Microsoft Open XML is based on the idea of an open standard. The major problem is that Microsoft has yet to release such a product and has a long history of proprietary software. Microsoft has no plans to support ODF in their next version of its Office software suite, code-named Office 12.
In the meantime, IBM announced that IBM Workplace Managed Client 2.6 will support OpenDocument. The Workplace Managed Client will support ODF version 1.0 and is slated to be released in early 2006. If you haven't previewed the Workplace Managed Client, I would advise everyone to try it out.
IBM Workplace client to support Open Document Format in '06