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The Cradle of Independence Rolls Over for Microsoft

Aug 03, 2007, 20:15 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael J. Jordan)

[ Thanks to William Dawes for this link. ]

"In the fall of 2005, in my home state of Massachusetts, Peter Quinn, the CIO of the Commonwealth, endorsed a plan to require the state government to use the Open Document Format for storing government records. The big loser, of course, would be Microsoft and its monopoly. The behemoth from Redmond Washington didn't waste time reacting. Shortly thereafter, the Boston Globe ran a story that Quinn had improperly used public funds to attend conferences. The story ended up being false. Quinn was cleared of any wrongdoing. Nevertheless, he resigned in January 2006, already tired of the fight. Others soldiered on, with the backing of then governor Mitt Romney. They were met by opposition from the Secretary of State William Galvin and state senator Marc Pacheco. Both of these men have received support from Microsoft lobbyists..."

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