Linspire releases Open XML translator

More interoperability on the open standards front ….

… Linux vendor Linspire on July 11 said that the new Open XML translator is now available for use in its latest Freespire and Linspire distributions. The Open XML translator enables bi-directional compatibility, so that files saved in the Microsoft-created Open XML format can be opened by users, and files created by OpenOffice can be saved in Open XML format.

Using the translator, and Microsoft Office users will now be able to share files because documents will better maintain consistent formats, formulas and style templates across the two office productivity suites, a Linspire spokesperson said.

Last month, Linspire announced it had joined ongoing efforts to help create bi-directional open-source translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between ODF and Open XML. TurboLinux and Sun Microsystems also have announced they are incorporating Open XML translators into their Linux systems, respectively.
“Interoperability within the PC ecosystem is extremely important for Linux to find acceptance on the desktop,” said Linspire CEO Kevin Carmony. “The ability to easily share document files between Microsoft Office and OpenOffice users is vital to our users.” …

The open-source Open XML/ODF Translator project can be viewed here.