By releasing MS Office SP2 with a formula syntax incompatible with most of the applications supporting ODF, Microsoft tries to sabotage ODF and fragment the corpus of ODF files.
The supporters of ODF should react to this. I therefore propose the following actions:
- Ask the ODF Alliance to publish a press release recommending not using the "Save as ODF" facility included MS Office SP2, due to the bad quality of the produced ODF files.
The ODF Alliance issued a press release on 28-Apr-09 saying:
The ODF Alliance today welcomed the release of Microsoft’s Service Pack 2 for Office 2007, a software update that provides long-awaited support for the OpenDocument Format (ODF), while cautioning governments to evaluate the new software to ensure sufficient interoperability with other ODF-supporting applications.
"Microsoft has dragged its feet for over three years now. The key test will be whether Microsoft’s support for ODF plays well with other ODF-supporting software,” continued Marcich. “Governments will want to further evaluate the support for ODF provided by Microsoft and whether it sufficiently meets their needs for greater openness and interoperability.”
The initial tests made by Rob Weir shows the very bad interoperability delivered, and I think that a warning to the users is deserved.
- Start a petition asking Microsoft to make MS Office SP2 unavailable until the design flaws in the product have been corrected.
We must make it clear to Microsoft that their attitude is not acceptable, and force them to behave in a better way.