Users can also convert native Google documents to PDF or Microsoft Office file formats
and save these renditions to M-Files, providing a full audit trail.
The main appeal of the app is that it works with Microsoft Office file formats
, even if they're not stored on Google Drive, the Washington Post reports.
"We started over 10 years ago developing the product, and over the last 10 years, we've spent significant resources in understanding Microsoft Office file formats
," said Jonathan Crow, ThinkFree's director of marketing.
A CD in the box adds ClearVue, a file viewing package for Office file formats
, as well as modem drivers so the phone can act as a dial-up modem for a laptop over Bluetooth.
MS Office file formats
have evolved every time the associated application evolves.
"I believe that the increased use of .3D in communicating data is due to the ability to include 2D drawings and other Microsoft Office file formats
in a single file and email it easily around the world.
Focusing on software Fowler pointed to work Sun engineers undertook assessing Office file formats
for interoperability with Sun's StarOffice suite.
Office 11 documents can be saved either as XML documents or in traditional Office file formats
(.doc for Word, .xls for Excel, etc.).
Schools are also given free access to Click-N-Run Warehouse (www.lindows.com/warehouse), an additional productivity software, similar to OpenOffice, which offers a full-featured office suite with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing programs--all capable of reading and writing in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office file formats
As Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly & Associates points out: "Microsoft's lock in on its Office file formats
is arguably at least as important to their monopoly position as their control of the operating system itself."