It is true that anything related to Microsoft Office will become big news to millions of Office users all over the world. Three years after the release of Microsoft Office 2010, the new Office 2013 has been officially announced in July 16 with lots of new features like new Metro UI, add online picture and video directly, saving PowerPoint as MP4 video. The recent Office 2013 news indicates that Microsoft will add support for ODF 1.2, Strict Open XML documents and PDF editing.
ODF, short for Open Document Format, is a file format specification created by OASIS, an industry standards group. Its purpose is to create a set of standardized file formats that is XML-based, achievable, not written specifically for any specific vendor’s products, and can be freely implemented by anyone. The newest OpenDoument 1.2 was approved as an OASIA standard on September 29, 2011, featuring RDF-based formula, a spreadsheet formula based on OpenFormula, support digital signatures and other features suggested by the public.
The most common filename extensions used for OpenDocument documents are:
.odt and .fodt for word processing (text) documents
.ods and .fods for spreadsheets
.odp and .fodp for presentations
.odb for databases
.odg and .fodg for graphics
.odf for formulae, mathematical equations
ODF formats are the default formats of open-source Office programs like OpenOffice, LibreOffice, etc. The support of ODF 1.2 makes transferring OpenDocument files to Office 2013 seamlessly possible. Although Office 2010 did offer support for reading Strict Open XML documents, only Office 2013 will deliver full support for Open XML, with write capabilities packed inside. That means users can save ODP as PPT format for Microsoft PowerPoint, PowerPoint users can now save PPT/PPTX as ODP format for OpenOffice too.
You know since Microsoft Office 2010, users can save PowerPoint/Word/Excel as PDF format. Now there is also the PDF Reflow feature that Microsoft has packed inside Office 2013, through which users can open PDF files as editable office documents. This capability does not necessarily turn Office 2013 into a PDF editor or reader, but it is meant to provide users with the possibility to access content in PDF files in an editable form through the use of Word 2013.
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