British Government Department Says No to O2K7, Vista, YES to ODFFri 11 January 2008
Another government (agency) comes out with pro-ODF and no-to-OOXML policy. On top of giving Vista a big thumbs down and stern criticism of O2K7's inability to use file formats that are ISO standards. If they haven't been able to implement ODF, what's to guarantee they'll be able to implement the proposed ISO standard called OOXML?
- "upgrading existing ICT systems to Vista is not recommended"
- "Recognising the limitations regarding Microsoft's implementation of the ODF document standard, and the limited uptake of Microsoft's new Office 2007 file format (OOXML) we recommend that in the short term users should continue to use the older Microsoft binary formats (such as .doc)."
- "Microsoft should provide 'native' support for the ODF file format"
- "When specifying new systems, schools and colleges should normally insist on the desktop having access to office productivity software that is capable of opening editing and saving documents in the international standard ODF, and setting it as the default file format."
- "we recommend you exercise your downgrade rights and continue using Windows XP."