IBM readies potential MS-Office killer

by admin September 21, 2005 at 11:47 am

Putting two and two together wasn’t very difficult. IBM has practically been joined with Sun at the hip in applying a full court press on the recently OASIS “ratified” (OASIS isn’t really a standards body) XML-based Open Document Format for saving files produced by productivity applications such as word processors and spreadsheets. The two were the biggest co-sponsors of of the OASIS-governed initiative. Both companies have executive bloggers like Bob Sutor (IBM), Tom Glover (IBM), Tim Bray (Sun) and Simon Phipps (Sun) who have given liberal coverage to either the open specification or to the controversy that it has sparked in Massachusetts (where that state’s government has established “ODF” as the statewide standard with which all agencies and contractors who do business with them must comply).

Only something was missing.

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