Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Can Microsoft Office be Open?

Microsoft has announced that the XML formats for Office will be released to developers, and ultimately made to ISO Standards. I think this is just hogwash. M$ will never make its formats compatible with OpenOffice and the reason why it is announcing this is that it is facing severe pressure (ex. Massachusets) for an open document format. Probably what will end up happening is that the document formats released by M$ will be standardized, but not interoperable. It will probably like the ANSI standard for C Language where the programs can be written in a standard format, but various compilers will interpret them differently, and thus one will continue to be locked into the same vendor (in this case, M$).

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