[url=http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080522-microsoft-odf-support-pledge-met-with-optimism-skepticism.html]Microsoft ODF support pledge met with optimism, skepticism
Microsoft's announcement yesterday that it would incorporate native support for the Open Document Format (ODF) into Office 2007 next year has sparked a wave of reaction. The European Commission said that it would begin investigating whether Microsoft's ODF support led to better interoperability, but appeared optimistic about the company's apparent willingness to take steps in the right direction. Others, however, were not quite so optimistic.
As to be expected, others are taking a "we'll believe it when we see it" stance in response to Microsoft's promises. "The proof will be whether and when Microsoft's promised support for ODF is on par with its support for its own format. Governments will be looking for actual results, not promises in press releases," ODF Alliance managing director Marino Marcich said in a statement. "Because Microsoft has a history of broken promises, no one should celebrate this news until we see what is actually done and how quickly it is put in place."[/url]
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