The commonwealth of Massachusetts has proposed a plan to phase out office productivity applications from Microsoft and other providers in favor of those based on 'open' standards, including the recently approved OpenDocument standard.I hope they succeed, but I wouldn't bet a whole lot on it. I hadn't even heard of this standard or associated toolset. Apparently it is supported by Sun, Novell, and IBM. We'll see.
The state described the plan in a posting made to its Web site earlier this week as part of a public review process. Massachusetts agencies have until Jan. 1, 2007, to install applications that support the OpenDocument file formats and phase out other products.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Massachusetts to adopt 'open' desktop
Tech News on ZDNetreports that