Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Dec 2006 22:26 UTC
Novell and Ximian The first fruit of the recently announced Novell/Microsoft interoperability agreement arrived on Dec. 4, with Novell's announcement that its version of the OpenOffice productivity suite will now support the Microsoft Office Open XML format. The release candidate of Novell's modified version of OpenOffice.org 2.02 is now available for Windows for free download by registered Novell users.
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Big implications
by seguso on Tue 5th Dec 2006 08:05 UTC
seguso
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2005-06-29

If OpenOffice.org has full support for MSOffice's new format, then you are free to switch from MSOffice to Openoffice, that is, vendor-lock in does not exist anymore. And therefore competition is now fair. But then, this means that Microsoft is no more evil. The difference between, say, Google and Microsoft is vendor lock-in.

However, this seems a counterproductive move for Microsoft, so I am puzzled.

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