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Comments on Microsoft’s Letter to Massachusetts

After Massachusetts made the decision to standardize documents produced by its Executive Department in OpenDocument format, it seemed that everyone in the world except one entity lauded the decision. That entity, of course, was Microsoft, which whined and complained but refused to actually do anything useful. It sent a disorganized and illogical letter to Massachusetts to protest the decision.

While the Microsoft letter’s arguments are basically junk, David A. Wheeler carefully refutes each one so that it cannot become commonly-quoted FUD. His excellent response is posted on Groklaw.

This article is the one to read. It’s long, extremely thorough, and it exposes Microsoft’s flimsy arguments as the cheap propaganda they are!

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