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Once More Unto the Breach: Microsoft, Massachusetts and a Standards Primer

“The discussion is certainly heating up around the Commonwealth
of Massachusetts’ decision to move to the Open Document Format
standard. Simon Phipps (Sun) has an excellent blog entry on the
framing that has begun. Bob Sutor (IBM) also provides excellent
insight into the vendor positioning from his point of view. In the
past week, the official vendor comments (Sun, IBM, Corel, Adobe,
Microsoft) have been flowing into the Commonwealth.

“The Microsoft response is a study in exactly this sort of
framing game. While the others are a page or two supporting the
decision, the Microsoft response is a fine example of norm
entrepreneurial rhetoric at 14 pages…”


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