"While there certainly has been little reason to doubt where IBM
stands on ODF, it was reassuring to see it pledge its support today
in a letter delivered to Massachusetts Secretary of Executive
Agency Finance and Administration Thomas Trimarco. The letter is
signed by IBM's VP of Standards and Open Source, Dr. Robert Sutor
(it was Bob, you may recall, who hosted the Armonk Meeting back on
"Bob's letter doesn't hesitate to establish IBM's right to make
its opinion heard..."
eWeek: Microsoft Drops the Office Open Standard Ball
"Microsoft Corp.'s open-standard Office XML format announcement
may have proved to be a dud.
"When Microsoft announced a week ago Monday that it had decided
to open up its Office 12 XML file formats and had submitted the
formats to be considered as a formal open standard by ECMA
International, Alan Yates, the general manager of Microsoft's
Information Worker Strategy, said, 'The new license that will
accompany the Open XML format with the standards organization will
go well beyond traditional standards licensing and will be very
positive for the vast majority of developers, even open-source
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