April 8, 2008
The silver lining in OOXML approval
I kept waiting to weigh in on the ISO approval of MicrosoftÃ¢â¬â¢s Office Open XML (OOXML) format, searching for some kind of silver lining for open source. Sure, there are those that say technical and interoperability issues will limit uptake of the standard. But this is Microsoft and Office weÃ¢â¬â¢re talking about, so it seems clear that there will be some pretty widespread adoption. While Microsoft will likely be penalized to an extent for any perception or reality of gaming the system, this will also be limited largely to its most ardent opponents. So weÃ¢â¬â¢re still in need of some truly silver-tinted lining.
- Office Software