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Computerworld: Inside Story: How Microsoft & Massachusetts Played Hardball Over Open Standards

Dec 04, 2006, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carol Silwa)

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"Less than a week after he became CIO of Massachusetts last February, Louis Gutierrez sensed a serious threat to his power--one that was being promoted by a seemingly unlikely source. Within a matter of days, Gutierrez confirmed that Brian Burke, Microsoft Corp.'s government affairs director for the Northeast, had been backing an amendment to an economic stimulus bill that would largely strip the Massachusetts Information Technology Division of its decision-making authority.

"For Microsoft, the call to arms had sounded several months earlier, when the state's IT division surprised the company with a controversial decision to adopt the Open Document Format for Office Applications, or ODF, as its standard file format..."

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