OpenOffice.org, the free competitor to Microsoft Office, has had the ability to save to PDF for more than two years. More recently it has added the ability to save fillable PDF forms as well. Now Microsoft wants in on the party. According to this report on BetaNews, Microsoft has announced that PDF support will be included in the Office 2007 Service Pack 2. More surprisingly is that they also plan to include the ability to work with ODF, the standard file format used by OpenOffice.org
Now the question is: what’s the deal with OXML, the format that Microsoft introduced with Office 2007 and pushed through the ISO standards ratification process? In my opinion, the time and money spent on that format would have been better used supporting ODF in the first place.