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Re: [News] Novell-Microsoft Formats Agreement a One-Way Trap

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> Novell: We'll help Microsoft develop ODF compatibility in Office, if they ask
>                                                                   ^^^^^^^^^^^
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| Is there going to be some sort of reciprocal support for the
>| OpenDocument Format in Microsoft Office that you're going to help
>| them install?... Novell VP Justin Steinman: Steinman: You're going
>| to have to ask Microsoft for any information about their product
>| road map. I'm not a Microsoft employee. So I can't comment on what
>| direction their products are going to take. If Microsoft decided
>| that they did want to include support for ODF inside Microsoft
>| Office, we would of course help them with that coding, because
>| that's again in our best interest. 
> `----
> http://blogs.zdnet.com/Berlind/?p=210
> So, to Microsoft, interoperability deals were all about shoving their XML
> /mess/ (yes, it's a mess) into Free Open Source packages as means of
> weakening the ISO standard (ODF) and creating lockins/incompatibilties (e.g.
> AbiWord, KOffice).
> Related:
> "Taking Microsoft's ODF Plugin for a Spin... Splat"
> http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20060720063746488 

Clearly it's extremely important to ensure that Microsoft are not
permitted to pollute the ODF.  This would be yet another example of
massive abuse of monopoly, but clearly the US has no intention of
preventing that.  The EU is the only region showing any signs of being
willing to terminate MS's dominance through legal means.  China is
perhaps approaching it merely by using Linux.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
I've always considered statesmen to be more expendable than soldiers.

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