OpenDocument formats are (finally) becoming more ubiquitous in everyday life — Microsoft going out of its way to support the latest spec in its latest office suite is evidence of that.
Why? Well, it isn’t solely down to millions of desktop Ubuntu tapping away in LibreOffice et al. While home user’s activities are important, the surge in use of open file formats in businesses, organisations, and governmental bodies around the world is a factor.
We’ve all heard tales of councils and municipalities switching away from closed-source (and pricey) proprietary file formats in favour of cheaper, equivalent open standards.
This change means that Office apps will now save to the ODF 1.3 format only. ODF 1.2 and earlier files can be opened, but will be saved as 1.3.
We're used to hearing that the latest versions of out favourite open-source office suites come with better support for Microsoft Office files, but the