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Massachusetts plans on ousting Microsoft Office

In a statement on Monday, Peter Quinn, chief information

officer for Massachusetts, said that the state will support the newly

ratified Open Document Format for Office Applications, or OpenDocument,

as the standard for its office documents and not proprietary formats

such as Microsoft Office.  Whoa!  That is a gutsy statement

indeed.  You can read more about it here.

Since MS Office is such a large part of the MS Enterprise licensing

agreement, I have a strong feeling that there will be more changing in

the State of Massachusetts IT environment than MS Office.  If

Novell isn't camped out on the CIO's doorstop, they should be.

Personally I applaud this bold move.  What do you think?


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