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ConsortiumInfo: The Microsoft Converter, News Shopping and Tectonic Shifts

Jul 12, 2006, 16:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

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"It's been a week now since Microsoft announced its ODF/Office open source converter project--time enough for 266 on-line stories to be written, as well as hundreds of blog entries (one expects) and untold numbers of appended comments. Lest all that virtual ink fade silently into obscurity, it seems like a good time to look back and try to figure out What it All Means.

"There are two ways to go about that task. One is the 'have it your way,' news channel technique (simply pick the channel that serves up your daily news just the way you like it, whether that be--liberal, conservative or just snarky). Nothing better than the Internet for that, where you can go shopping in the great marketplace of interpretation, and willful misinterpretation, that is the Web, and find more than you could imagine..."

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