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.