Open source in Microsoft face off

OpenOffice.org and Microsoft have both released toolkits for developing applications around for their rival productivity suites and document formats.

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OpenOffice.org and Microsoft have both released toolkits for developing applications around for their rival productivity suites and document formats.

Rival software makers Microsoft and OpenOffice.org both released tools for building applications in their competing document file formats and productivity suites.

OpenOffice.org's toolkit allows developers to add the ability to save documents in Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) to a variety of applications.

Meanwhile, Microsoft's kits help companies build applications for its Office 2007 productivity suite, which is based on Open XML, ODF's rival file format. Office 2007 is available to business customers and will be in wide consumer release on 30 January.

The OpenOffice.org ODF Toolkit Project has published an initial version of its toolkit online and is inviting members of the community to add to its development, said Louis Suarez-Potts, community manager for OpenOffice.org.

Previously, developers would have to add "a good piece of OpenOffice.org" code to an application to give it the ability to save documents in ODF, Suarez-Potts said. The creation of the ODF Toolkit makes this easier, he said.

For example, "if someone has a mail application, they can take the tools we're making available and make it so mail messages can be saved as ODF," Suarez-Potts said.

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