"Ever since I interviewed Alan Yates at Microsoft back in
September in connection with the Massachusetts/ODF story I've been
wondering what Microsoft's strategy has been to fend off the
challenge to Microsoft Office that the OASIS format standard
presented. Microsoft did not get to be what it is today by being
less than tough and thorough, and it had to be true that they would
leave as little to chance as possible.
"While Yates has been very terse and consistent in his public
statements, things were certainly moving quickly behind the scenes,
and it didn't take too long before the company's targeted
Massachusetts strategy and global response emerged into the
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