Who's afraid of open formats like Open Document Format? Microsoft, for one. The company is locked in a furious lobbying battle with the Dutch government to block a proposal that would see the ODF format mandated to ensure that no single company owns its future. Imagine that. Macworld writes:
Proposed legislation that would mandate the use of the Open Document Format (ODF) across the entire Dutch government has infuriated Microsoft. A group promoting open standards sees no threat, however, and has invited Microsoft to join its ranks.
On Wednesday the Dutch parliament will discuss a plan to mandate use of the Open Document Format (ODF) at government agencies. The proposal is part of a wider plan to increase the sustainability of information and innovation, while lowering costs through the reuse of data.… Read more