A word about chemistry

The creator of the Windows operating system and a well-known Office suite of programs, Microsoft, has entered the chemical world with the launch of a free add-on for its word processing application that lets users insert chemical labels, formulas, and two-dimensional structures into a document. Chem4Word, which is in the beta testing phase, is based on Chemical Markup Language (CML), which means meta data underlies labels, formulas, and structures. Cambridge University's Peter Murray-Rust, co-creator of CML and the new add-in, points out that it is not yet available for Apple Macintosh computers, but is open source, so anyone with the technical know-how could "port" the add-on for Mac Word or Open Office.