Tatle: Norway Minister: Proprietary Formats No Longer Acceptable in Communication with Government
Jun 28, 2005, 13:45 (4 Talkback[s])
"On presenting his new plan for information technology in
Norway--'eNorge 2009--the digital leap,' Norwegian Minister of
Modernization Morten Andreas Meyer today at a press conference in
Oslo declared 'Proprietary formats will no longer be acceptable in
communication between citizens and government.'
"Taking great care not to mention the name Microsoft directly,
but rather referring to 'the spreadsheet almost everyone uses' or
saying this is the last time I will present a plan for information
technology being broadcast on the net in Windows Media, the
Minister sent strong signals in the direction of Redmond to open up
or become irrelevant to the Norwegian Government..."