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ODF vs. OOXML on the Eve of the BRM

Jan 18, 2008, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"If you're reading this blog entry, you've probably been following the battle between ODF and OOXML. If so, you may be thinking of that conflict as a classic standards war, but in fact, it goes much deeper than that label would suggest. What is happening between the proponents of ODF and OOXML is only a skirmish in a bigger battle that involves a fundamental reordering of forces, ideologies, stakeholders, and economics at the interface of society and information technology.

"Today, open source software is challenging proprietary models, hundreds of millions of people in emerging societies are choosing their first computer platforms from a range of alternatives, major vendors are converting from product to service strategies, and software as a service is finally coming into its own--to mention only a few of the many forces that are transforming the realities that ruled the IT marketplace for decades..."

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