IBM officially announced support for Open Document Format in Workplace Managed Client 2.6....

In an announcement Sunday in India, IBM said it will add ODF support to the client software to give customers more flexibility, since the standard allows files to be compatible with any office productivity suite or other applications that support the standard. Workplace Managed Client 2.6 will support Version 1.0 of the ODF standard, which is XML-based and was recently ratified by Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards. IBM is a member of the OASIS technical committee that developed the standard.  ...

"I think it's something that will make life a lot easier for users, because they won't have to worry about proprietary file formats," said Peter O'Kelly, an analyst at Midvale, Utah-based Burton Group. "Any vendors using ODF make it easier for users; they won't be beholden to anybody."
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