The Office Open XML (more commonly known as "OOXML") which develops by MS is rolling big into Malaysia market. In early of 2008, there are couple of case study mention about Malaysia’s ISV developing their solution to support OOXML. As the debating issues going on, OpenMalaysiaCommunity also posted their comments to reject the idea of OOXML been file as a standard.
I’m currently leading a R&D centre in Malaysia to developing solution for our customer in Europe Market. Some of the European countries vote "No" for the filling the OOXML as a international standard. Should I start looking into the possibility to switch away my solutions to "not" support OOXML?
of course is "NO, OOXML is good for me!"
I will continue the development on OOXML.
Business is always realistic about money. If my customer is comfortable using MS office 2007 and you want me to move them away into other products (like OpenOffice)? Then my customer subsequently need to learn the OpenOffice again? When my customer is so productive using the MS Office 2007, is it a good idea for them to make them learn something new and become unproductive?
I think for my situation from ISV point of view, OOXML is great and we still will continue stick to the development.
As for business reader in this blog. I urge you to think from business perspective whether the OOXML suite you or not. If your customer are already using MS Office, there is no reason why you don’t support OOXML.
Concern the following thoughts.
- customer learn another product again (eg: Open Office). No matter how easy is the tools there are still a learning curve. Users are refuse to learn new stuff. Do remember not all your users are IT graduates.
- Even tough there is some add-on available for Office to open OpenXML format but there are still a additional time needed. And of course it might make your installation process more complicated.
- If OOXML can satisfied your need, why not?