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Tatle: Norway Minister: Proprietary Formats No Longer Acceptable in Communication with Government

Jun 28, 2005, 13:45 (4 Talkback[s])

"On presenting his new plan for information technology in Norway--'eNorge 2009--the digital leap,' Norwegian Minister of Modernization Morten Andreas Meyer today at a press conference in Oslo declared 'Proprietary formats will no longer be acceptable in communication between citizens and government.'

"Taking great care not to mention the name Microsoft directly, but rather referring to 'the spreadsheet almost everyone uses' or saying this is the last time I will present a plan for information technology being broadcast on the net in Windows Media, the Minister sent strong signals in the direction of Redmond to open up or become irrelevant to the Norwegian Government..."

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