Linspire Joins Microsoft in Developing and Deploying Open Source Translators Between Document Formats

Jul 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Linspire, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Linspire, Inc., developer of the
 Linspire commercial and Freespire community desktop Linux operating
 systems, today announced it will join the current efforts to improve the
 ability of users to work with the Office Open XML format by
 increasing the interoperability between ODF and Open XML.
     Linspire is joining with others who have signed on to this effort,
 including Novell and Xandros, to create bi-directional open source
 translators for word processing, spreadsheets and presentations between ODF
 and Open XML. All future releases of Linspire and Freespire will include
 the bi-directional translators between ODF and Open XML. As a result, end
 users of Microsoft Office and will be able to more easily
 share files, as documents will better maintain consistent formats, formulas
 and style templates across the two office productivity suites.
     "For Linux to gain acceptance beyond the server, it must interoperate
 within the broader desktop computing ecosystem," said Kevin Carmony, CEO of
 Linspire. "Interoperability with Microsoft Office documents is critical,
 and Linspire is pleased to join this ongoing effort with Novell and
 Microsoft to bring document interoperability to our mutual customer base.
     "The Open XML format is an open standard file format for office
 applications that can be freely implemented by multiple applications on
 multiple platforms. The Open XML format was standardized by Ecma
 International on December 7, 2006 and is also being implemented by multiple
 applications on multiple platforms. It is now under consideration for
 ratification by ISO/IEC JTC1. Open XML is the default format for the
 recently released Microsoft Office 2007. The Open XML format is also
 available through free updates to past Microsoft Office versions.
     "This is good news for customers. Linspire and Microsoft share the view
 that it should be easy for users of competing office productivity
 applications to exchange files with one another and XML is pivotal in that
 regard," said Jean Paoli, general manager for Interoperability and XML
 Architecture at Microsoft. "We believe in delivering interoperability by
 design for the benefit of our customers. Our ongoing collaborative
 relationships with commercial open source companies like Linspire help us
 achieve that goal."
     With an estimated 100 million users, is a full-featured,
 open source office productivity suite with word processing, spreadsheet,
 presentation and database applications. currently supports
 the OpenDocument (ODF) file format, which is an ISO-standardized, XML-based
 file format specification for office applications maintained by the open
 source community. The OpenDocument format ensures information saved in
 spreadsheets, documents and presentations is freely accessible to any
 OpenDocument- supporting application. is available free of
 charge at The open source Open XML/ODF
 Translator project can be viewed at this internet location: converter.
     About Linspire
     Linspire, Inc. ( was founded in 2001 to bring
 choice into the operating system market. The company's flagship product,
 the Linspire operating system, is an affordable, easy-to-use Linux-based
 operating system distributed primarily pre-installed on PCs for home,
 school, and business users. Linspire pioneered CNR Technology, which allows
 Linspire users access to thousands of software programs, each of which can
 be downloaded and installed with just one mouse click. The thousands of
 software titles available in the CNR Warehouse
 ( include full office and productivity suites,
 games, multimedia players, photo management software, accounting tools, and
     About Microsoft
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 services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full
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               Linspire, Inc.
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