Microsoft adding XPS, PDF, ODF file support in Office SP2

OfficelogoGood news for folks using or looking to use alternatives in conjunction with Microsoft Office. Next year’s SP2 for Office will include new document formats: XML Paper Specification (XPS), Portable Document Format (PDF) 1.5, PDF/A and Open Document Format (ODF) v1.1 to be specific. My oft-used Google Docs will benefit greatly as I often have to move back and forth between apps, depending on who I’m working with (and what they’re using).

"When using SP2, customers will be able to open, edit and save documents using ODF and save documents into the XPS and PDF fixed formats from directly within the application without having to install any other code. It will also allow customers to set ODF as the default file format for Office 2007."

Look for the new features in the first half of 2009 when SP2 is expected. Native ink annotation in PDF’s would be nice, no?

Update: I almost forgot about the ODF plugin for Office that’s been around for some time. SP2 will provide native ODF support.

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