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ConsortiumInfo: ODF, MS and MASS: Now You See the Dots (And Now You Don't)

Jun 19, 2006, 14:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Two significant events occurred this week that have relevance to the implementation of the OpenDocument Format (ODF) by Massachusetts, one of which was little noticed, and one of which was duly noted in the press. The question is whether or not these two dots are connected--and whether there's a back story that no one has yet noticed at all. (Here's a hint on the back story: it's harder to connect dots, when they can be removed from the public eye.)

"The event that was much remarked upon was the announcement by Microsoft that it would make a very substantial donation of its software--with a market value of at least $30 million--to Massachusetts high schools and universities. Mass is a small state, and that amounts to something like $800 per student, and $2,400 per college student--a princely sum to be sure, and a very significant boost to local education budgets..."

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