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Mass. might be an important first-adopter
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, November 29 2006 @ 11:39 AM CST
If I were Microsoft I would leave MA alone, the more press ODF gets the more chance that it will be implemented in parts of the world where Microsoft have less control over the political life. This could be far more costly to Microsoft than to just lose a few dollars in license fees from MA.

ODF has gained support in other parts of the world, partially as a result of MA' choice to adopt ODF.  If MA now decides NOT to adopt ODF, other parts of the world may continue with their plans, but the local effect is that other states in the US will not have a strong, local model on which to base their own transition.  Once one state converts over, others will follow...

Microsoft changed the licenses of their OpenXML file formats as a direct result of MA's decision to use open file formats.  MA is a unbelievably powerful player here.  They might be the only ones that can push Microsoft into including native ODF support in MS-Office.  I don't live in MA, but I recognize the importance of this decision in getting ODF widespread use.
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