Microsoft Building Open Source Bridge to China
Microsoft and the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics are going to create an open source translator between China’s emerging Unified Office Format (UOF) and Microsoft’s own Open XML (OOXML) file formats.
It is a burst of execution-suspected interoperability that one might lay to the number of Chinese armed with computers and the Chinese government’s determination to have its own non-Microsoft format. UOF is also based on the OpenDocument Format (ODF) and there’s been talk of those two combining, but it may or may not be technically possible – or politically viable.
According to Microsoft, “Our customers have told us their data needs can’t be addressed by a one-format or one-standard-fits-all approach. Everyone wants to use their data in slightly different ways. That’s why we are enabling customers to pick from whatever format they want to use with their Office documents – whether it’s ODF, Open XML, PDF or new standards like UOF.”
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