Massachusetts’ worries over patents drove OpenDocument decision

Slashdot post: Massachusetts Explains Legal Concerns for Open Documents. Tontoman writes “ZDNet is running a story that sheds new light on the decision by Massachusetts to switch to open formats for the commonwealth’s official documents. This issue has previously been discussed on Slashdot, first The Massachusetts Office Party and then Microsoft Lashes out at Massachusetts IT Decision . From the article: ‘Eric Kriss, Secretary of Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, told CRN on Friday that Massachusetts had concerns about the openness of Microsoft XML schemas as well as with potential patent issues that could arise in the future.’ The article also quotes a Microsoft executive on further reason that Microsoft’s upcoming Office 12 will not support OpenDocument.”

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