Friday, September 30, 2005

Open standards

Massachusetts embraces open standards, shuns Microsoft
The commonwealth of Massachusetts has decided to only use products that conform to the Open Document Format for Office Applications, or OpenDocument. All state agencies that are part of the executive branch must migrate to OpenDocument-compliant applications by January 1, 2007. Since Microsoft, whose business model relies on closed, proprietary standards to lock-in people to their Windows-Office based platform, does not support OpenDocument format, Bill Gates & Co. will soon find themselves ousted from Massachusetts executive government.