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Geriatric Microsoft scuppered by file formats

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IT IS NO SECRET that Microsoft is more than a tad peeved at Massachusetts moving to an open document format. That's because this is open war, and Microsoft has had a painful public loss. The usual war of words started, and there was, no doubt, a whole ot of back channel threa^h^h^h^h^h negotiations going on, but old MA didn't change its mind, nor did Microsoft.

Most people don't think it is that serious, but this time it really is. Microsoft is perfectly capable of supporting the format, it could do it in a few hours of coding time, and probably has already, but it will never get out. The reason is simple. If it does, it will mean the utter loss of control over almost all of computing, and it will never be able to twist arms again.

Microsoft is a bully, plain and simple. It has more programmers than anyone else, and always had the option of doing the right thing for the right reason, but for some unfathomable reason, never did. It preferred to hold your feet to the fire, and force you to do what it said.

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