Revealed: Office 2010 ballot screen for default file format, OOXML or ODF

By Tom Warren on February 18, 2010, 7:39 PM
Microsoft has made several changes to a Release Candidate version of Office 2010 made available to testers recently. One change in particular prompts users whether they want to use Office Open XML (OOXML) or OpenDocument (ODF) document formats.

Microsoft announced the ballot screen prompt plans for Office 2010 in August 2009. The software giant issued a "Public Undertaking" which documented the changes Microsoft agreed to make to Office 2010. "Beginning with the release of Office 14 (Office 2010), end users that purchase Microsoft’s Primary PC Productivity Applications in the EEA in both the OEM and retail channel will be prompted in an unbiased way to select default file format (from options that include ODF) for those applications upon the first boot of any one of them," read part of the statement in August 2009. The beta versions of Office 2010 did not include the ballot screen but recent Release Candidate builds have introduced the prompt.

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tengeta tengeta said:

Great, I knew we were slowly going to end up with ballots everywhere for everything thanks to the EU.

JudaZ said:

...what is EU's problem really?? did someone at MS sleep with some EU politicians wife or something? Its getting silly now. Why are apple allowed to act like dictators ...and microsoft cant even write a piece of code that you have the freedom of choice on without getting bashed from the EU about some silly detail.

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