ODF support in Office

I took a few weeks off recently, which is why my blog has been fairly inactive the past month. I wanted to take a quick moment to point out some big news that's been in the works for some time now. Today we announced a number of developments in the document formats arena. Doug Mahugh has all the information up on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/dmahugh/archive/2008/05/21/office-support-for-document-format-standards.aspx

The key bit of news that I think many folks will find surprising, but is actually fairly consistent with the direction we've been heading the past couple years is that we will provide updates to Office 2007 to include native ODF support. This will allow folks to read and write ODF files, and even set ODF as the default format if that's something they choose to do. Here's a screenshot from Doug's blog: