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Re: OT: Massachusetts Verdict: MS Office Formats Out

Mike McCarty wrote:
Fajar Priyanto wrote:

The future is forming up....


The state of Massachusetts Friday made it official: It will use only nonproprietary document formats in state-affiliated offices effective Jan. 1, 2007. Although state CIO Peter Quinn has said repeatedly that this issue does not represent "the state versus Microsoft Corp. —or any one company," adoption of the long-debated plan may result in all versions of Microsoft's Office productivity suite being phased out of use throughout the state's executive branch agencies.

Or MS could "open" its document format...



Not in a hundred years will MS do any such thing.

Actually, the Massachusetts decision is a bigger boon to the OpenOffice project than to Linux alone--because after all, OpenOffice is available in any OS you can name. I've recommended OO to a client when MS Office crashed and burned on his Windows 98SE system.


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