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MacDeac 01-05-2007 05:25 PM

NeoOffice 2.1 to Support OpenXML Documents and VBA Macros in Q1 2007
Sorry I have not had a chance to introduce myself, but I have been too busy using my new Macbook to post an introduction over in the switcher forum. I visited the NeoOffice Website today and thought the following press release would be of interest to everyone:


SANTA CLARA, CA—05 January 2007— is pleased to announce the development and forthcoming release of NeoOffice 2.1. Scheduled for release in Q1 2007, NeoOffice 2.1 will contain a number of unique features including:

* The latest features from 2.1
* Opening, editing, and saving of Microsoft Office 2007 OpenXML documents
* Execution of Visual Basic for Applications macros in Excel documents
* Support for linear programming extensions for spreadsheets
* And more!

Support for interoperability with Microsoft Office 2007 OpenXML formatted documents and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) is drawn from the ooo-build project, a branch of that includes several features which Sun has not yet integrated up-stream. ooo-build is a collaboration between many individuals & vendors spearheaded by Novell. Leveraging the ongoing contributions from ooo-build, is pleased to deliver the most compatible office productivity application suite for Mac OS X for today and beyond. is proud to collaborate with ooo-build to help make these important features available for all Mac owners. "It's great to have NeoOffice making their work available under the JCA to via. ooo-build, and building on our substantial investment here, I'm excited about working with them going forward." said Michael Meeks, Distinguished Engineer, Novell.

The NeoOffice 2.1 release will allow Mac users to utilize OpenXML documents prior to the announced availability of translators from Microsoft. With Microsoft's announced intention to remove VBA support in Microsoft Office Mac 2007, NeoOffice 2.1 will be one of the only available ongoing solutions for Mac users who use VBA macros in their Excel documents.

NeoOffice 2.1 is currently scheduled for release on 27 March 2007. The scheduled preliminary availability for NeoOffice Early Access Program members is 27 February 2007. With many thanks to an anonymous donor and the work pioneered by Novell, is proud to be able to continue to provide the most advanced set of office productivity applications available for Mac OS X with industry leading support for cross platform document exchange.

About is an open source project dedicated to delivering a first class free software office productivity suite for Mac OS X. Based on, NeoOffice provides word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing, and database applications. In addition to all the features of, NeoOffice features a fully native Mac OS X user interface, Spotlight integration, drag and drop, and other features to provide the ultimate Mac OS X user experience. With nearly 500,000 downloads each month, NeoOffice is the leading open source office productivity suite for Mac OS X. For more information, visit

NeoOffice is a registered trademark of Planamesa, Inc. in the United States. Novell is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. is a registered trademark of Team, e.V. Microsoft, Office, OpenXML, and Visual Basic for Applications are registered trademarks of Microsoft, Inc. Mac OS X is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

cazabam 01-05-2007 05:31 PM

Interesting bit of news. I wonder if this has anything to do with the 'Novell'-isation of and the hoo-har that surrounds that ...

Murlyn 01-05-2007 06:55 PM

Im really enjoying Oo and NeoOffice.. it's great to hear that they are going to keep it up! :)

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