Microsoft set to open up software:
james at gray.net.au
Fri Feb 22 07:53:39 UTC 2008
On 22/02/2008, at 6:25 PM, thomas fisher wrote:
> Am I just paranoid or has MS had a change of heart?
Call me a cynic, but I think M$ are just blowing a whole lot of hot
air and don't have any real intention o open up their API's any more
than they have in the past. Their reasons for this, IMHO, are two
fold (and temporary):
1. Ongoing anti-trust isssues in Europe.
2. Upcoming vote on OOXML ratification.
Not much we can do about #1, but #2 is just another attempt to get the
rest of the world locked into the MS-Office suite. It ISN'T
compatible with ODF, the GPL (or any other "open" license), it's
missing key components that are required for developers to properly
implement OOXML in non-M$ tools, and their submission was devoid of
Wait until these two storms have blown themselves out, and you'll see
the same old M$ we've all grown to know (and hate).
 I, and many open source developers, would love to see me proved
wrong on this...time will tell.
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