Microsoft Challenges Massachusetts on Open-Format Plan (eWeek)
Posted Sep 15, 2005 17:12 UTC (Thu) by IdeaMagnate
Parent article: Microsoft Challenges Massachusetts on Open-Format Plan (eWeek)
"'We have substantial concerns ... with the definition of 'open formats' in the current proposal,' wrote Alan Yates, general manager at Microsoft. This definition, he noted, requires adoption of a single format for office documents throughout all state agencies, requiring deployment of a single office application technology."
If by "technology" Yates means "office suite", (I'm not sure how else to read it) I don't know how even MS could say something so clueless and inaccurate. The whole idea of open standards is that anyone with enough time and skill can implement them and that independent implementations will interoperate. Even requiring OO.o's native format would allow competing implementations, since it's an open and publically documented standard. I've generally come to expect higher-quality FUD from MS.
to post comments)