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Linux Journal: Microsoft Office Lock-In and the Deal with Novell

Dec 08, 2006, 22:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"I can't urge you strongly enough to read the article entitled How Vista Lets Microsoft Lock Users In. It details how Microsoft has built into Vista the 'trusted computing' ability to lock down Office files via DRM such that no unauthorized document reader will be able to decrypt and read them. This is perhaps one of the biggest hidden weapons Microsoft has in its arsenal that could sabotage Linux and OpenOffice.org if Microsoft succeeds in its attempt to plug SUSE and all Novell's 'interoperability' bonuses.

"Think of this, if you will, as the Tivoization of Office files, only with malicious intent..."

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