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Open Source and Open Data by Derek Glidden

Nov 13, 1998, 01:21 (0 Talkback[s])

Something that has been overlooked in the mess that's been stirred up [because of the recent "Halloween Documents"] is the fact that Microsoft already has already effectively "de-commoditized" the data that nearly everyone uses on the desktop for the past several years.

Microsoft has locked-in a large percentage of the data on machines out there by continuing to develop closed, proprietary file formats that change with every consecutive version of their Microsoft Office suite.

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