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Doug confirms - at great length - what we'd all suspected from the beginning, that Microsoft is in no hurry to support the vresion of OOXML that was actually made into an ISO standard. The whole OOXML experience remains an object lesson in how the standards world has been gamed by vendors and how badly we need the EU to take a strong line over open standards.
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"Ecstatic" is a bit extreme, but the lack of respect Microsoft has for its paying customers is quite breathtaking. I wonder whether this use of their monopoly to advantage Office is being noted in the EU? Presumably if they need to offer a choice of free browsers they should also be offering a choice of free productivity suites...
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Which is, of course obviously true (otherwise known as "lock-in"). What's missing from this article (not seen the report) is any mention of the thing that has actually made Microsoft change their behaviour, which is not Google Docs or Zoho Office but rather OpenOffice.org, which has seen a surge of government adoption in 2008. Those 300,000 downloads a day (90% on Windows) are going somewhere...
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This is a lousy fix. Non-expert users (read "everyone") needs a GUI in the code to toggle this setting in 2 years when they find they need to. Also, I still can't see why these data files are so different that Office can't be made secure to load them.