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ConsortiumInfo: Microsoft Drops the Other Open Format Shoe

Nov 22, 2005, 02:30 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Ever since I interviewed Alan Yates at Microsoft back in September in connection with the Massachusetts/ODF story I've been wondering what Microsoft's strategy has been to fend off the challenge to Microsoft Office that the OASIS format standard presented. Microsoft did not get to be what it is today by being less than tough and thorough, and it had to be true that they would leave as little to chance as possible.

"While Yates has been very terse and consistent in his public statements, things were certainly moving quickly behind the scenes, and it didn't take too long before the company's targeted Massachusetts strategy and global response emerged into the open..."

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