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December 14, 2005

Microsoft: Two open document standards better than one

Posted by David Hunter at 10:06 PM ET.

China Martens at InfoWorld:

It’ll be up to third-party vendors to supply the necessary converters and filters so that users can move between Microsoft’s proposed Open XML specification and the OpenDocument standard supported by the likes of IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc., according to a Microsoft executive.

“Additional standards give you more choice over a period of time,” Alan Yates, general manager, business strategy with Microsoft’s information worker group, said Wednesday. “Governments should be open to both [Open XML and OpenDocument] and whatever else is rolling down the street. Choosing both is really wise.”

Yates was one of the members of a panel debating the future of electronic data formats in Boston Wednesday. The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and the Commonwealth’s Science & Technology Caucus convened the panel to provide a forum for IT vendors, state officials and the public to air their views on a Massachusetts policy that continues to generate plenty of controversy.

More from the debate by following the link.

Filed under Coopetition, IBM, ODF, OOXML, Office, Office 2007, Standards, Sun

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One Response to “Microsoft: Two open document standards better than one”

  1. Belgium mandates OpenDocument but help for Microsoft is on the way -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] This would appear to set Microsoft before a simple choice: convince the Belgian government that Open XML is an open standard well on the way to ISO-approval, or support ODF. The latter may be the simpler task, as the OpenDocument Foundation is already working on a plug-in for Microsoft Office that would add ODF support. Stranger than fiction – the OpenDocument Foundation may bail Microsoft out. Of course, Microsoft would then be at the mercy of the plug-in authors unless they do their own ODF support which they refuse to do. This plot won’t make the NY Times bestseller list. Filed under Office, Office 2007, Standards, Governmental Relations, General Business, Public Relations, Open XML, OpenDocument, Microsoft   [Permalink] [...]

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