Last evening, I received a reply from the LibreOffice team concerning the support of Office 2007 formats. They said that they are going to continue to support those formats, and to an extent the OOXML format as well. This is confusing since the article that I read on Groklaw said they don’t consider OOXML as a standard, so they won’t support it.
That being said, it’s great that the team plans to support the Office formats. In the US, LibreOffice (or OpenOffice.org as it was known) is virtually unknown. In other parts of the world, it’s more prevalent (possibly used more then Microsoft Office).
I have to say that I’ve been surprised though. I tutor for our local Community College, and one of my former students mentioned that he’s using OpenOffice.org in place of Microsoft Office. He’s not an IT major (and not even interested in computers), so I was pleasantly surprised to hear that he was using the suite.
I’ll be blogging more about the new suite as time goes on. This weekend, I’m planning on downloading the source code and installing it. Also I’ll be installing the beta for Windows on my Windows 7 boxes.
Have a great day:)