Microsoft has made technical information for its older binary Office document formats available for download following pressure from participants in the ongoing, somewhat fiery, standardisation debate.
Redmond’s Office programme manager Brian Jones said in a blog post this week that the documentation will be accessible via download.
It will be available under the banner of Microsoft’s Open Specification Promise, which allows third parties to develop software using the firm’s code without fear of being hit by a flurry of patent infringement lawsuits.
Jones also said Redmond will sponsor an open source project to map its older binary document formats to Open Office XML (OOXML), the code which it has been heavily pushing to become the international standard adopted by the ISO.
He didn’t reveal which software vendors will team up with Microsoft in the project, but the plan will involve mapping a document written using the legacy binary formats to the OOXML formats.