Leopard to Natively Support ODF

OpenDocument took another step away from obscurity Tuesday, as Apple confirmed that Mac OS X version 10.5 -- known as "Leopard" -- will natively support ODF files, alongside Microsoft's Word 2007 formats. Apple had previously added support for the format in its Pages word processing application.

Leopard users will be able to view ODF and Word 2007 documents without an external program; they will open directly in the operating system's TextEdit application. While TextEdit provides only very basic editing capabilities, it will suffice for viewing of most documents. Microsoft supports ODF in Office 2003 and 2007, but only when an external plug-in is installed.

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