After significant pressure from government agencies, Microsoft has announced support for the OpenDocument Format. To assist its customers in utilizing the standard, the software maker has created a free, open source software product called Open XML Translator that will allow users of Microsoft Office applications to view and create documents in the OpenDocument Format. A beta version that works with Microsoft Word 2007 is available for download from SourceForge. Users of older versions of Word will also have a download available in future versions of Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack.

Learn more about OpenDocument Format from the OpenDocument Fellowship.