Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Mar 2007 23:08 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft Office program manager Brian Jones, whose work has centered around the Open XML document format, now says the so-called format war with OpenDocument is officially over. The winner, he says, is both. Jones made the statement in a blog post over the weekend following the release by Novell of an Open XML translator for OpenOffice. The plug-in enables the free, open source productivity suite to open documents created in the Microsoft format, as well as saving OpenDocument files into Open XML.
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RE[9]: because they lost...
by nberardi on Wed 7th Mar 2007 17:59 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: because they lost..."
nberardi
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You know it's really amazing seeing you guys talk about Open formats. Because both are Open. You guys are just measuring who is more Open now. It is honestly very juvenile to ignore something a company brings to the table just because you don't like the company.

If Microsoft invented a cure for cancer, and gave it away for free, all you guys would be arguing over if the process for the cure of cancer was open. I have seen the OOS community totally ignore .NET because it came from Microsoft, even though it is more open and more standardized than Java. But since Java isn't produced by Microsoft you don't really care if it is standardized or open. You are just anti-Microsoft, not really pro Open Source.

BTW I know Java has just been recently released. And probably on the path to being standardized. However that still doesn't excuse the last 5 years.

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