Feeds

Battle lines drawn over XML Office formats

MS sets out stall

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

ComputerWire: IT Industry Intelligence

Battle lines are forming over Microsoft Corp's support for a Sun Microsystems Inc initiative to build a standards-based set of XML-based file formats for Office applications.

Redmond, Washington-based Microsoft yesterday set the ground rules for joining an Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS) technical committee that was formed this week by Sun and others to drive the proposed formats.

The formats are based on existing technologies in OpenOffice 1.0, which is itself the basis of Sun's StarOffice 6.0. Santa Clara, California-based Sun said this week it has invited Microsoft to join the committee.

However, Simon Marks, Microsoft Office product manager, said that Microsoft would not be interested in joining if the technical committee produced "just another file format that panders to the lowest common denominator."

Marks said Microsoft is more interested in working with "customer defined" XML built using XSD 1.0, rather than interoperability between competing suites. File formats in Microsoft's up-coming Office 11 suite use XSD 1.0.

Microsoft believes "customer defined XML" to be XML schemas written to present data in specific vertical sectors, such as the financial services industry's eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL). Microsoft supports XBRL in Business

Solutions Navision 3.60, launched in October.

"We didn't pick XSD to provide interoperability with other people's software. We put it in to make [Office] more relevant to the customer. It's about sharing information not documents," Marks said.

© Computerwire

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.