Microsoft Document Formats Gain Massachusetts’ Favour

Massachusetts has proposed changing its standards policy to make room for Microsoft Office document formats. The state’s Information Technology Division on Monday posted a draft proposal, part of a periodic revision to its overall technical architecture, to its Web site where it will be under review until July 20. If accepted, the policy update would list Office Open XML as acceptable ‘open formats’ for use by executive-branch state agencies. Office Open XML, also referred to as Ecma-376, are the XML-based file formats in Office 2007 that Microsoft standardized at Ecma International late last year.

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