July 13, 2006

What does the MS ODF Converter tell us about MS

Anonymous Reader writes "In this entry, I report on a long chat with Microsoft's Director of Standards Affairs Jason Matusow about Microsoft's ODF conversion project, and match up his responses with the official messaging in the converter press release. The result is a picture of a continuing, if slow and jerky, evolution within Microsoft as those that recognize market demands for more openness debate those that want to follow the old way.This internal divide means that the proponents of change need to point to real market threats in order to justify incremental changes. This adaptation by reaction process leaves Microsoft still lagging the market, but has allowed those that favor a more open approach to gradually turn the battle ship a few degrees at a time."

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