Jonathan Schwartz, chief executive officer and president of Sun Microsystems, blogs about the importance of ODF:
“If you write a law or a medical history or a regulatory filing in a word processor that supports ODF today, and need to gain access to it at any point in the future, you’ll have the freedom to do so on your terms. Without being held up by an application provider. ODF is a true open standard (PDF link), adopted and implemented by a diversity of vendors (from IBM and Sun, to Google, Red Hat and now even Microsoft), and embraced by an amazing spectrum of the planet. And it’s royalty free.”
ODF has been a major project for Sun and many other contributors, but this is the first mention of it at such a high level from Sun (that I have seen).