Update: The Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office is no longer available on the
Sun Oracle website. You may still download the -- rather large -- plugin for Microsoft Office from third-party download sites like Softpedia.
Microsoft added support for open document formats to newer versions of Microsoft Office. This means that you don't need the plugin anymore if you use a new version of Office. End
Sun released a plugin back in 2007 for Microsoft Office that allowed Office users to work with Open Document Format (ODF) documents. The Sun ODF Plugin was maintained by Sun and offered as a free download. The recent acquisition of Sun by Oracle had an impact on the availability of the plugin.
The Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Office is now offered for the premium price of $99 per application user plus an annual support fee of $19.80 with a minimum order quantity of 100 licenses.
This means that Oracle targets business and Enterprise customers solely at this point in time, and that home users may not get their hands on the plugin or updates at all anymore.
No information is currently offered if the product will be made available to Office end users as well.
The main Sun ODF Plugin page is still displaying a Get it now. Free button which when clicked links to the new pricing information that are then redirecting the user to the Oracle shop.
The shop page lists the current pricing for the Oracle ODF Plug-in for Microsoft Office. The move may come as a surprise to many users, especially since the Sun website button still states that the plugin is free.
Microsoft Office 2007 has integrated ODF 1.0 support with the release of the service pack 2. The ODF plugin on the other hand adds support for ODF 1.2 document formats introduced in Open Office 3.2.
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