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Google's surprise: ODF support launches ahead of schedule

InfoWorld - Simon Phipps - Months earlier than predicted by Google's head of open source, Google today announced support for the international OpenDocument Format in its Google Drive suite of apps

Following the comments by Google's head of open source, Chris DiBona, last week in London, Google has today announced that support for ODF (OpenDocument Format) has now been added to its Google Drive suite of apps. In a post on Google+, the team announced immediate support of ODT (ODF text documents), ODS (spreadsheets) and ODP (presentations), which can now all be imported into Google Docs.

Google faces significant pressure securing government business in many countries around the world, especially the U.K. -- including in the health and education sectors -- now that ODF is a requirement in so many procurement policies. Until now, the support for ODF in Google's products has been weak and uneven, with no support at all for presentations.