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.