September 7, 2005
Massachusetts Fights a Losing Battle
The decision by the People's Republic of Massachusetts to require an "open" format for the storage of state documents is a curious one. It seems to be as much about punishing Microsoft as it is the laudable goal of making information more accessible. Microsoft should accede to the state's demand that it open its file formats, not because Massachusetts is demanding it, but because there isn't a good reason not to.