Burton Group has released a new report "What’s Up, .DOC? ODF, OOXML, and the Revolutionary Implications of XML in Productivity Applications" this week. Written by Peter O'Kelly (blog) and Guy Creese (blog), the report provides a deep and insightful analysis of the current state of ODF, OOXML, and other document formats (W3C, PDF), the history of those formats, and then continues to parse through the FUD and standardization games to arrive at a set of projections regarding the success of OOXML and ODF, as well as a set of practical recommendations.
I've read the report already, but am not going to spoil the fun for you and reveal all the conclusions here - the report is well worth your time and you should read it yourself! However, I will say this much: the report validates some of my thinking on the subject that I have expressed in various previous blog posts on OOXML here.
Other early blog reactions to the new report are here:
And I am sure more blog reactions will follow next week.
As always, if you are interested in working with Office Open XML (OOXML) files, a great place to get started is to look at the OOXML support in XMLSpy and to download a free evaluation version of Altova's XML Editor and give it a try.