How Badly Does Microsoft Want to Lock You in?Mon 30 April 2007
Another story of Microsoft working hard to stop a government from adopting open document formats. Story at Marketwatch: "State by state, Microsoft responds to creeping threat". Bigger than Linux or SAAS at Google is the threat of open, good-for-people file formats that directly "threaten" Microsoft products. If ODF wins, people win. In many cases Microsoft Office gives OOo a thrashing based on features. It does have a big head start and a huge team of people working on usability. But most people don't go much beyond bold,underline and bullets. If OpenXML wins, people lose.