Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Oct 2005 22:11 UTC
Microsoft Industry analysts and open source advocates believe that Microsoft will have no choice but to offer support for OpenDocument when more organisations start following the state of Massachusetts' lead.
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RE[4]: Support it or die!
by dylansmrjones on Fri 7th Oct 2005 11:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Support it or die!"
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The age of proprietary formats might be unattractive, but it's by no means dead, dying, or wounded at this point.

Oh, it's very wounded (perhaps not in your region of the world, but it's wounded none the less).

Whoever is making the worlds most popular office suite is going to dictate what formats they're going to support.

Well, you might end up being less popular if you don't support the formats the users want you to support ;)

There is no race to open formatting, open source, or open anything..... It's just not something most people think about on a daily basis.

I think this depends a lot on where in the world you live.

Probably come as a shock most people have no idea what the hell Linux is, much less care.

A lot of users in Europe care a lot more than you might think. Perhaps that's a schock for you ;)

Most people I know (mostly non-geeks) are complaining about the lack of one format that works everywhere. A few don't care and use whatever is installed, and another minor group [read: me] has switched/is switching to non-MS systems.

But then... I'm danish. Things are different in other parts of the world ;)

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