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On 1/3/11 1:12 AM, Barbara Duprey wrote:

I was under the impression that the vanilla versions of Office since
2007 SP2 could read and write ODF formats, with no need to install any
plugins (but with their own special twist on ODF). From what you say
here, that is not true; I haven't installed Office in a long time, and
don't intend to, so I didn't know that ODF support was not automatic.

ODF support is built in since MS Office 2007 SP2 for Windows. MS Office for MacOS does not support ODF, and there is not a plugin availble. The older version of MS Office do not support ODF, but there is a plugin available.

We all know that Microsoft is trying to slow down ANY standard format, because format lock in is a long time strategy.

I do not know if you are familiar with Gandhi statement: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win".

This is exactly what is happening for office suites.

Gandhi won over the British empire being respectful of law and being an advocate of freedom. I do not have his moral strength, but I do follow his lesson.

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