Novell plans to release open-source interoperability technology between the OpenOffice.org productivity suite and Microsoft Office 2007.
The Waltham, Mass., company, which recently launched a partnership with Microsoft, said it is working with the software maker and others to develop bidirectional translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between the two suites. The first, the word processing translator, should debut in late January.
The translators will be available as plug-ins to OpenOffice.org. In addition, Novell plans to release to the open-source community code needed to integrate the Open XML format, developed by Microsoft, into OpenOffice. The integration code is expected to help maintain consistent formats, formulas and style templates across Office 2007 and the open-source productivity suite.
Microsoft submitted Open XML, which is the default………….