By David H. Ringstrom
After years of hegemony, Microsoft has finally acknowledged that the world wants to be able to save documents in open formats that are freely shareable with other software applications.
From the beginning, Microsoft Office users have been generally required to save documents in proprietary formats, such as .XLS or .DOC, that couldn’t always be opened in competing productivity suites. These limitations will fall way when Microsoft Office 2013 is released.
Three new document format options will appear in Office 2013:
- Strict Open XML – an ISO standard that offers maximum cross-platform flexibility.
- ODF 1.2 (Open Document Format), the document standard utilized by free, open-source applications such as Apache OpenOffice.
- The ability to open PDF documents in Word, make edits, and then save the document back as a PDF – or any other document format.