[Discussioni] Analyst: MS Office Formats Not Open

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Mar 1 Feb 2005 17:39:03 CET

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Kriss [State of Massachusetts] said that Microsoft has "made 
representations to us recently they are planning to modify that license, 
and we believe, if they do so in the way that we understand that they have 
spoken about (we will leave it obviously to them to describe exactly what 
they are going to do), it is our expectation that the next iteration of the 
Open Format standard will include some Microsoft proprietary formats."

Microsoft chief XML architect Jean Paoli clarified his company's position 
<http://www.microsoft.com/office/xml/janletter.mspx>in a letter, stating, 
"We are acknowledging that end users who merely open and read government 
documents that are saved as Office XML files within software programs will 
not violate the license."

"That's a far cry from open standard or really open format, as it is more 
typically used," says Wilcox.

"There is huge -- as in truly outrageous -- PR advantage for Microsoft 
here. Remember that under the Commonwealth's new definition, some 
proprietary formats can be deemed 'open format.' It would be a huge PR coup 
for Microsoft to be able to tag its proprietary file formats as open."  

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