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Re: OT: Massachusetts Verdict: MS Office Formats Out

On Wed, Sep 28, 2005 at 12:33:37PM -0400, Temlakos wrote:
> Mike McCarty wrote:
> >Fajar Priyanto wrote:
> >
> >>The future is forming up....
> >>
> >>http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1863060,00.asp
> >>
> >>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...
> >
> >[snip]
> >
> >Mike
> 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.

To play devil's advocate:

MS-DOS, Apple-DOS, RT-11, VMS, RSTS-11, AIX, Xenix,...

I don't think it runs on those! :-)

---- Fred Smith -- fredex fcshome stoneham ma us -----------------------------
                      The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, 
                    keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
----------------------------- Proverbs 15:3 (niv) -----------------------------

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