Office 2007 SP2 supports ODF

Microsoft rolled out the service pack, which includes support for the OpenDocument Format

As expected, Microsoft on Tuesday began letting users of Office 2007 download Service Pack 2, marking a milestone in the company's document format battles with governments and other vendors.

Office 2007 SP2 includes support for the OpenDocument Format, an open standard backed by many companies including IBM and Sun Microsystems but initially resisted by Microsoft.

Customers who download the service pack will be able to save documents in ODF and Adobe Systems' PDF, just like they would any current supported file format in Office. They can also set ODF as the default file format.

Previously, people could use ODF through a separate plug-in that translates Office documents to ODF and vice versa.

Soon after ODF was approved as a standard in 2006, Microsoft created its own competitive file format, Office Open XML, for Office 2007.

OOXML was later ratified by a standards organization. But the creation of a separate, competitive standard angered ODF supporters.

Microsoft's lack of native support for ODF may have also been behind fines from the European Commission, which pushed Microsoft to support interoperability with other companies' products.

Office 2007 SP2 will also natively support PDF. Adobe initially opposed Microsoft's decision to add PDF to Office, but has since made PDF an open standard.

Microsoft won't support the standardized version of its own OOXML until Office 14, expected to be released next year.

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