Standards, Patents, and the OSP

Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Another characteristic of advanced technologies is that they often contain intellectual property (IP) that may be covered by patents. When such a technology becomes standardized, though, implementers need to feel comfortable that they have access to the technology on a non…

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Open XML support in new tools, apps, and custom solutions

One of the more interesting aspects of my job is meeting people who are developing software that interoperates with Office through the various formats that we support.  It’s exciting to hear their plans, work with them on the details of how our products can collaborate or share data, and then see the final solutions, whether…

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DII workshop, Brussels

Last week I participated in the DII workshop that took place in Brussels.  Attendees included a variety of document-format experts from the ODF and Open XML worlds, including members of SC34 working groups, the OASIS ODF and OIC TCs, ODF and Open XML implementers, public-sector experts in interoperability and archiving, and others. The roundtable discussions…

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ODF plugfest and OOoCon, Orvieto

I’ve spent the last week in the city of Orvieto, perched atop a hill in Umbria, Italy.  Monday and Tuesday I particpated in the second ODF Plugfest, and then Wednesday through Friday I attended OOoCon, the annual OpenOffice.org conference.  I gave a presentation on Wednesday about Office’s approach to interoperability with OpenOffice.org, which you can…

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