British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) report: Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 Final report with recommendations on adoption, deployment and interoperability

  • table on page 26 compares ODF and OOXML support.

Open XML translator - a PR stunt?

"Open XML Translator provides tools to build a technical bridge between the Open XML Formats and Open Document Format(ODF). As the first component of this initiative, the ODF Add-in for Microsoft Word 2007 allows to Open & Save ODF documents in Word.

As of 2007-05-21 06:56, this project is no longer under active development."

OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in for Office

The goal for this project is to provide translators to allow for interoperability between applications based on ODF (OpenDocument) 1.0 standards and Microsoft OpenXML based Office applications.

Microsoft Office Open XML File Format Converter for Mac 0.2 Beta beta

Open Formats with NDA?

At Linuxtag an office software developer from the Open Source community approached us. He was afraid to implement an OOXML filter as this required him to sign a non-disclosure agreement and he was afraid that his project could get tainted. Similar concerns are usually voiced in the context of reverse engineering. Some jurisdictions require persons to split reverse engineering from development tasks.

OOXML compatibility pack

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats
Insightful blog post by Rob Weir.

UOF converter

Panergy DocX Converter (Mac)

Penergy DOCxConverter

iWork 08

iWork 08 and support for Open XML
Stephe's Open XML adventures
open docx files on mac

windows mobile support for OOXML


conversion via Web applications?


Presentation Werner Langer, German Foreign Office on translator quality


  • There is absolutely no reason why the next MS-Office generation cannot support ISO 26300:2006, ODF or it successors as its default file format.
  • OOXML is not backwards compatible to ISO 26300. The developers of OOXML where aware of the OpenDocument format.
  • As OOXML is no open format the ECMA specification alone is insufficient for implementation. Developers of import filters need additional information from Microsoft and thus sign a non-disclosure agreement.