OOXML gains compatibility via ISVs

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Now that Microsoft's OOXML (Office Open XML) has been ratified as an ISO standard, third-party effort to support the document format has been ramping up.

While many third-party document editors support ODF (Open Document Format), widely regarded as OOXML's main competitor, developers appear to be taking a pragmatic approach to supporting OOXML, largely putting it down to customer demand and market forces.

Online office suite, Zoho, is in the midst of implementing an OOXML import filter. Currently, its word editor is only able to export in the format. Zoho supports importing and exporting in ODF.

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