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osOpinion: The Ultimate Lock-in

Mar 19, 2003, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"I don't often make a habit of opening Office documents. Normally, when I receive a press release or white paper from PR folks in Microsoft Word format, I send it back with a gentle reminder that there are people who don't use Windows or Office, and that even if I did, I'm not looking to pick up an MSTD (Microsoft Transmitted Disease) by opening Word documents from unknown sources. Most PR folks are happy to resend documents in plain-text or PDF format.

"However, when I've been on deadline or otherwise don't feel like trying to go through the hassle of getting a different format, I just open the document in It's been quite some time since I found a document that it couldn't open in a reasonable approximation of the original layout. With the advent of Office 2003, however, I'm afaid that's all about to change again..."

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