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Microsoft Opposes Open Document Standard

What a surprise. What arrogance. The kahunas. Well, you get my drift.

The standards war is heating up with Microsoft opposing an alliance that is promoting Open Document Format (ODF). It is accusing its rivals of creating a “standards conflict”.

A standards conflict? Yes folks you read that right. You just can’t make sh** like this up:

A group of 35 IT vendors and government organizations announced the formation this week of the ODF Alliance. Those backing ODF include long-time Microsoft rivals IBM, Sun, Red Hat, Oracle and Novell.

While the ODF Alliance hopes to encourage uptake of ODF in governments around the World, Microsoft is pushing a rival set of XML formats for desktop suites, the Office XML File Format. Microsoft is working with a smaller group of customers and vendor partners to have its Office file formats ratified as standards through the European Computer Manufacturers’ Association (ECMA).

So let me think about it. Open Document vs. Microsoft standard … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … Ok, I’m still thinking …….

Tough call.

Written March 8th, 2006 by | 4 Comments | Filed under: Miscellaneous Blog Tips

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  1. Tough decision? Yeh right ;-)

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  2. Poor Billy. Everybody’s ganging up on him and I wonder why. Trying to force them into a no-competition clause won’t help him either.

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  3. Ah, the OFfice XML Format. Kind of the like Windows-Only version of Java that they came out with a few years ago.

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  4. Yeah, let’s just have only one standard - Windows. That would make Gates happy. What an arrogant control freak.

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