September 12, 2005
Massachusetts vs. Microsoft?
We've had two opportunities this week to hear from eWEEK.com's David Coursey on why it's a bad idea for Massachusetts to opt to use only "open" document formats by 2007. Coursey has gone so far as to suggest that only an ideologue or a fool would attempt to stand up to Microsoft in this way. I disagree. Massachusetts, along with most other governments, corporations and individuals in this country and around the world, has dug itself into a hole by tying up so much of its data in a format that can be properly accessed only by the products of a single supplier.