As Heise reports, Sun Microsystems has released their seamless ODF plug-in for Microsoft Office. That means that users of MS Office are now also able to use the ISO-standard format for office documents, which should lead to easy file exchange with users of standards-compliant office program suites such as OpenOffice.org.
Sun’s solution integrates into the file save/open dialogs of MS Office, thereby making importing or exporting uneccessary. This is a different approach than the one taken by Microsoft and Novell in their so-called “OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in for Office”. Additionally, Sun Microsystems is the first to release a stable method of conversion, while Microsoft and Novell’s implementation currently lags behind in terms of features and stability.