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Massachusetts Open Document issue


September 30, 2005 11:51 am





There’s been a lot of coverage of the recent Massachusetts decision to adopt open standards-based document formats as the state’s document model for the future. We see this as a positive step, consistent with the broader move in the technology industry toward open standards, open source and interoperability. Needless to say, not everyone is pleased. There’s an alarmist article from Fox News a couple of days back that suggests all sorts of dire results if Massachusetts proceeds with its plan. The author is the executive director for a group called Americans for Technology Leadership. A quick review of their website shows that the sole founding member of this group from the software sector is Microsoft.I’ve been a dedicated OpenOffice user for some time now, and the interoperability features in the product (including the ability to save and exchange documents in Microsoft compatible formats) have made using it a breeze, whether inside Novell on interacting with outside parties. Try it for yourself.

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  1. No wonder Microsoft frowns at any software that’s doing well and is not out of its stable. It’s not only us, but them as well, who are getting to see just how stable and responsive its own software are!

  2. nice catch on the astru-turfing. i think i may well point to this

  3. By:Orion PR

    Very good article on Open office software…!!!