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ZDNet: MS-Office Schema Not as Open Source Friendly as Microsoft Says It Is

Nov 09, 2005, 04:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"When Alan Yates, Microsoft Information Worker Product Management Group business strategy general manager, first came to me to say that his company had been railroaded when Massachusetts voted the OpenDocument office file format (ODF) in, and Microsoft's Office XML Reference Schema (OXRS) out, one of his original arguments was that OXRS was getting a bad rap for not being implementable in open source software. As Yates originally explained it to me, 'Our license may not be compatible with the GPL, but it is compatible with many other open source licenses, and certainly can be used with the OpenDocument license.' However, as it turns out, 'many' is in the eyes of the beholder..."

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