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Old 02-19-2007, 03:46 AM   #1
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LXer: Microsoft blasts IBM in dirty ODF war

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IBM is hijacking the debate over document standards to promote its desktop suites while refusing to look at the merits of each standard, according to Microsoft's general manager of interoperability and standards Tom Robertson. Big Blue is one of the main backers of the Open Document Format (ODF), while Microsoft supports Open XML. "IBM does not want Open XML to be standardised. It does not want an alternative to be out there," Robertson told in an interview.

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ODF is not software, it is a standard. Why do we need more than one standard?

The Merriam_Webster Online Dictionary gives a list of definitions for "standard", the 3rd is
3 : something established by authority, custom, or general consent as a model or example
Which proves my point.

Microsoft wishes to have their version adopted so they can prolong vendor lock in.


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