Australian Government Switches From MS Office to ODF

Australia has revised its Whole of Government policy, deciding to switch its standard format from Microsoft Office format to the Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF). Do you think more organizations should switch?

ODF was created by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards, building an “open, XML-based file format specification for office applications” that will work with any digital suite of office tools. Here’s more about why the Australian government switched:

 Standardising on a format supported by a wide range of office suites provides for the greatest possible degree of interoperability without mandating the use of a specific product, as well as providing the best basis for reliable interchange of information between agencies deploying differing office productivity suites … Support for a format based on an open standard ensures the long-term availability of the data contained in documents produced while eliminating the potential for a vendor ending support for a specific format … This format may provide greater support for cloud-hosted office productivity suites, should use of those become more widespread in the future.