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Tuesday, September 16 2014 @ 10:31 AM CDT

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The Microsoft Covenant Reexamined

OpenDocument and OOXMLNOTE: The Microsoft covenant that is analyzed below has been amended several times by Microsoft. As a result, the promise at is appears at the Microsoft site is not identical to the one that I reviewed in writing this post. Further, there is no change history at the Microsoft site. As a result, the following analysis is no longer complete or current, and should therefore not be relied upon.

In a previous post, I compared the Microsoft XML Schema covenant not to sue with that offered by Sun in favor of ODF, and concluded it fell short. But how does Microsoft's covenant compare to its old XML Schema? From that perspective, its a real improvement.

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Microsoft's Format Covenant Fails Comparison Test with Sun's

OpenDocument and OOXMLNOTE: The version of the covenant that is currently posted at the OSP page of the Microsoft Web site has been amended multiple times since this blog entry was written. Accordingly, it should not be regarded as a current or complete as to the OSP as it applies today. Just a few minutes ago, Microsoft posted its "covenant not to sue" implementes of its Office formats. I was able to get an advance copy, and here is a line by line legal analysis and comparison to the Sun covenant that supports ODF. Sun's wins by a mile.
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Microsoft Drops the Big One on ODF (Day II)

OpenDocument and OOXMLThe dust hasn't settled yet, but more of Microsoft's strategy is becoming clear. Here is a comprehensive review of what's become available so far.
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Is China More Progressive Than Massachusetts?

OpenDocument and OOXMLChina's Open Source Software Promotion Union says that it will be introducing "its own Linux standard" next year - and the association representing traditional software vendors in China doesn't like it. Only in the Massachusetts government are people still thinking that way today in these parts.
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Microsoft Drops the Other Open Format Shoe

OpenDocument and OOXMLEver since I interviewed Microsoft's Alan Yates back in September in connection with the Massachusetts/ODF story I've been wondering what Microsoft's strategy has been to fend off the challenge to Microsoft Office that the OASIS format standard presented. Today we found out.
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What Happened to Open Source at Tunis?

WSIS/Internet Governance19,000 people went to Tunis to figure out how to bridge the Digital Divide between the first and the third world. How could the hundreds of press representatives there have found virtually nothing about open source worth reporting?
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Spin Sets in on Internet Governance Compromise

WSIS/Internet GovernanceIn the run up to the Tunis Summit, someone blinked on the face-off over Internet governance. The questions is, who - the U.S.? The opposition? Or maybe both? For now, its all spin.
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Linda Hamel Files the ITD's Brief on ODF

OpenDocument and OOXMLLinda Hamel, the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Information Technology Division (ITD) has filed her brief in support of the ITD's ODF policy. Here it is.
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Accessibility and ODF

OpenDocument and OOXMLSun Architect Peter Korn has prepared what Tim Bray terms a "massive piece" evaluating the issues, progress todate, and how it will all play in Massachusetts.
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A Nasty Little Turf Battle (Massachusetts Style)

OpenDocument and OOXMLODF today became just a political football on Beacon Hill. The original amendment intended to strip Peter Quinn and the ITD of IT policy power has now turned into an amendment to give the Secretary of the Commonwealth IT control of every agency, department -- and municipality -- in Massachusetts.