IBM plans to support early next year the OpenDocument standard in its desktop software, a product the company intends to market aggressively in developing countries.
At a press conference in Delhi, India, IBM executives plan to announce Monday that the company’s Workplace Managed Client will be able to read, write and save documents in the OpenDocument format. OpenDocument, or ODF, is a standard set of document formats for desktop productivity applications.
IBM has already publicly endorsed OpenDocument, which the company views as a way to loosen Microsoft’s dominance over desktop software. But the forthcoming Workplace products will be the first to support OpenDocument, a standard ratified in May of this year.