Friday, June 15, 2007

Choice - An Open Letter from Microsoft

Suspend disbelief and preconceived notions, objectively read this letter, and post a comment here if you see anything objectionable. I think Microsoft is doing good stuff in this context and would be pleasantly surprised if other leading vendors followed Microsoft's example.

With ISO/IEC having standardized Open Document Format (ODF) 1.0 and considering standardizing Ecma Office Open XML (Open XML), there is a lot of public discussion about document formats and whether the world should begin to focus on only one format or continue to see multiple formats developed and used over time. Microsoft believes that users should be able to choose among formats and pick the one that best meets their needs. We also believe in encouraging the continued evolution of computing and data formats. And we support the ratification of Open XML in ISO/IEC.


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