The first deliverable resulting from the technical collaboration between Microsoft and Novell, the translator provides support for opening and saving Microsoft Open XML-formatted word processing documents (.docx) in OpenOffice.org. ODF is the OpenDocument format, which is supported by OpenOffice.org, and Open XML is the default file format for Microsoft Office 2007. With the translator, end users will be able to more easily share files between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.org, as documents better maintain consistent formats, formulas and style templates across the two office productivity suites.
Novell is cooperating with Microsoft and others on an open source project to create the bi-directional translator for documents, spreadsheets and presentations. We’re still hard at it on the translator project, working to extend the interoperability to spreadsheets and presentations.