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On 11/19/2012 07:49 AM, VA wrote:
The truly maddening part is that, if more people used LibO, then the .ODT format would become "standard" and MS would be relegated to irrelevance.

So, Office wins because corporations buy it, making its file format "standard," which forces the rest of us to conform.

It's absolutely crazy.

ODF formats are the international standard so technically MS is not being standards compliant. This may be very useful if someone where to sue MS for monopolistic practices.

-----Original Message----- From: Tanstaafl
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2012 7:32 AM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: OpenOffice to be dumped in Freiburg ?

On 2012-11-19 6:54 AM, M Henri Day <> wrote:
2012/11/19 Tanstaafl<>
I don't see this happening any more. Microsoft is on a roll now, coming
out with new versions *far* more often than they used to (which means they can 'improve' the file formats much more often). My understanding is they are actually pushing ultimately to a subscriptions based model - but this could end up being good news, because imnsho, dong this could actually back
fire on them though (fingers crossed)... when I discussed this with my
boss, he commented that the day Microsoft *forces* us to have to 'renew' our licenses annually is the day he will never upgrade again (just stay on
whatever version we currently have until the world ends).

Subscription based models are probably better for the vendor not the user over the life of the product. I suspect the fees will be charged monthly instead of annually to lower the sticker shock and even out cash flow.

Implicit in this model is that users will being using the "Cloud" to access the programs rather than having it installed on their machines. This raises another set of issues about the "Cloud" versus local installation.
An excellent exposition of the methods used by Microsoft to «protect» its
«intellectual property» - more accurately described as using its
quasi-monopoly to exclude others from the market....

There is one more hing that could turn this around - if the EU (or some
other major governmental entity) were to engage in and win an antitrust
lawsuit against Microsoft and force them to *fully* document their file
formats, as happened with their Windows Server SMB protocols (which I
understand has benefited the Samba project immensely).

Jay Lozier

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