Novell Boosts and Microsoft Office Interoperability Novell to support Open XML format to advance document interoperability

    WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell today announced
 that the Novell(R) edition of the office productivity suite
 will now support the Office Open XML format, increasing interoperability
 between and the next generation of Microsoft Office. Novell
 is cooperating with Microsoft and others on a project to create
 bi-directional open source translators for word processing, spreadsheets
 and presentations between and Microsoft Office, with the
 word processing translator to be available first, by the end of January
 2007. The translators will be made available as plug-ins to Novell's product. Novell will release the code to integrate the Open
 XML format into its product as open source and submit it for inclusion in
 the project. As a result, end users will be able to more
 easily share files between Microsoft Office and, as
 documents will better maintain consistent formats, formulas and style
 templates across the two office productivity suites.
     "Novell supports the OpenDocument format as the default file format in because it provides customer choice and flexibility, but
 interoperability with Microsoft Office has also been critical to the
 success of," said Nat Friedman, Novell chief technology and
 strategy officer for Open Source. " is very important to
 Novell, and as our customers deploy Linux* desktops across their
 organizations, they're telling us that sharing documents between and Microsoft Office is a must-have. The addition of Open
 XML support reflects Novell's commitment to providing enterprise customers
 the tools they need to be successful, from the desktop to the data center."
     Chris Capossela, corporate vice president, Microsoft Business Division
 Product Management Group, said, "This is further evidence to our mutual
 customers that Novell and Microsoft have the same commitment to document
 interoperability and customer choice for document technology. As a leader
 in the open source community, Novell can help us make sure the Open XML
 translation technology works well across different applications and
 platforms. Novell has already provided contributions to the Ecma Open XML
 standard, and this commitment to support the Open XML format via their
 product makes it work for customers."
     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 originated by Microsoft and
 standardized by the Ecma International organization's technical committee,
 TC45. It is presented for Ecma General Assembly approval on December 7,
 2006, with the intention to offer the specification for formal ISO/JTC1
 standardization. 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.
     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 Novell provides and supports for both Linux and Windows* as part of its SUSE(R) Linux
 Enterprise Desktop and Novell Open Workgroup Suite offerings, respectively.
     The open source Open XML/ODF Translator project can be viewed at this
 internet location:
     Novell is a member of and an active contributor to both the OASIS Open
 Document Format for Office Applications Technical Committee, the body that
 manages and publishes the OpenDocument standard, and the Ecma International
 Technical Committee (TC45) that develops, manages and publishes the Open
 XML standard. Novell is the second-leading contributor to the project.
     For more information on the broader partnership between Novell and
 Microsoft, visit and
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NOVL) delivers infrastructure software for the
 Open Enterprise. We are a leader in enterprise-wide operating systems based
 on Linux and open source and the security and systems management services
 required to operate mixed IT environments. We help our customers minimize
 cost, complexity and risk, allowing them to focus on innovation and growth.
 For more information, visit
     Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks trademarks of Novell, Inc. in
 the United States and other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of
 Linus Torvalds. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.

SOURCE Novell, Inc.

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