Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Microsoft, Massachusetts Reach Accord on Office 2003

Microsoft, Massachusetts Reach Accord on Office 2003: "Microsoft has reached an agreement with Massachusetts that will result in the software giant easing its license restrictions for its Office 2003 document formats in return for the state dropping a previous requirement to only use document formats based on open standards. In early 2004, Massachusetts announced that it would require all state agencies to create and store information in document types based on open standards like HTML.
In addition to Microsoft's XML-based document formats, Massachusetts will also use the PDF format, which is owned and controlled by Adobe, as well as other common document words such as TXT and RTF. The change is a huge blow to open source advocates, who saw last year's Massachusetts open standards requirement announcement as a win for open source solutions such as Linux and OpenOffice.org. Worldwide, open source solutions have been gaining traction in many country and local governments, but they have yet to see much success in US governmental bodies."
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