Yesterday ECMA International approved Office Open XML Formats as an Ecma standard and voted to submit the new standard to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for consideration as an ISO standard. I talked about Microsoft supporting interoperability with the ISO approved Open Document Format earlier this year.
Earlier this week there were cries from the MAC community that Microsoft Office for MAC would not support the new Open XML format and now the interoperability between MAC and PC users was eliminated
Well, Microsoft is going to release Office 2007 for MAC next year and shortly they will provide free file converters for MAC Office users to be able to read the new file formats until the next version of Office for MAC is released.
Anyway, I think the approval by ECMA is a good thing. As long as vendors like IBM and Microsoft have a vested interest (read $$$$) in promoting their specific format or standards embraced, we will have to live with more than one format or standard. I don’t see the big deal as long as these are interoperable and approved by bodies like ECMA and ISO.
What do you think?