Massachusetts goes with the OpenDocument
They mandate that all state organisations should use open standards for their documents, and specifically do not include upcoming MSOffice v12 XML formats. Wow. I think this is great news.
The only reason Microsoft is doing the XML file formats in Office v12 is because of the threat of things like this. This will force them to be even more open.
The costs of converting legacy MSOffice doc's certainly aren't as big an issue as people are making out. MA certainly has lots of documents in non-MS formats too. It might as well switch to a format that is going to be around for the long haul.
Of course, they could invest millions in trying to figure out some other way to permanently archive government records, like the state of Washington.
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