Open XML Translator Available

ARCwire -- Developers of the open source project to produce a translator between OpenDocument format (ODF) and Open XML document formats announced the completion of the 1.0 release of the technology. The completed Open XML Translator, which is funded by Microsoft, enables conversion of documents from one format to the other and is available for anyone to download and use at no cost. When plugged into Microsoft Office Word, for example, the Translator provides customers with the choice to open and save documents in ODF rather than the native Open XML format. The Translator may also be plugged into competing word processing programs that use ODF as the default format to open and save documents in Open XML.

Microsoft Corp. announced its support for the open source project to build a technical bridge between Open XML and ODF in July 2006 to provide interoperability between formats. Since inception, it has remained among the 30 most active projects on and has been downloaded more than 50,000 times.

This project, the standardization of Open XML in Ecma International, and the ongoing standardization of Open XML in the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) help ensure that customers have a choice and that innovation can take place in these important technologies.