bsoft wrote:
Looks like the news made Slashdot ~ I was the person wino Submitted it. response so far. seems mixes.  but don't believe that the format will be truly "open''/ not Patent encumbered. -Briar " />

Frankly I don't think that (and I really hope they didn't) make this change to placate the open source crowd with a sort of "me too" type of thing.

I hope that this is a considered move on microsoft's part to make it eaiser for ISV's such as myself to interact with office documents so that I and other microsoft customers/partners can make more money selling "Proprietary"  office solutions.