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Hi Amit

I understand where you are coming from, and the good news is, in your favour, that MS in both it's O/S and office suite are losing market share in a big way. Here's an article from Ubuntu founder and my countryman Mark Shuttelworth on his take on MS and Ubuntu. I like his statement that the no.1 bug in Linux has now been fixed/closed, in that MS no longer dominates majority market share.

As you'll notice in the supplied link article and the chart, MS has toppled since 2011 in market share, and I believe will continue to do so with Android, Firefox O/S for mobiles and shortly Ubuntu Touch for mobiles. And along with a launch shortly of their own device the Ubuntu Edge, a great looking device from the pics so far, second link.

Anyway I am off-topic here, I see a great future even now for all opensourced Office suites, and it will grow along with the above mentioned software and hardware.


On 29/07/2013 10:33 AM, Amit Choudhary wrote:

On Sun, Jul 28, 2013 at 4:06 PM, Andrew Brown < <>> wrote:


    Your knowledge of the document standards is limited by your reply
    here. This issue of the document standards and naming convention
    was covered by a world body of multinationals and the preservation
    of all things in human digital text etc. This was to allow anyone,
    alien or earthly, thousands of years from now, to decode and read
    and modify the history in the digital world of mankind. So the
    open document standards were born and ratified and accpeted by the
    majority of the world that counts. MS did not agree and tried to
    introduce their own so-called opens standard with the .xml base,
    i.e.x docx, xlsx, and so forth.

    But it has not been accepted by the world bodies, even though the
    MS document standard does survive. As you will now notice MSO 2007
    (partially), MSO 2010 and 2013 all can reads and write in the ODS
    standard used by OOo, AOO and LO. MS had no choice but to fit in
    and follow suit, so it's not the other way around that we and all
    other s outside of the use of MSO, must fit in. The ODS standard
    is here to stayt and will dominate over time, no matter what the
    masses say and want. It's about education that we all have choices
    and many efficient and useful alternatives in the digital world.

I might be out-of-date of what had been decided. But what I see is this: MS Office everywhere I worked which translates to possibly billions of doallars in MS pcokets.

My agenda with whatever I have wrote till now is: Why should MS get billions of dollars?

The open formats should be supported, I am not against that, I am against the timing.

MS Office will win because 90% of computers have Windosws on them. Until Linux desktops/laptops become popular people will not switch to open document format.

My strategy would be similar to MS: Make users switch to LO and then give them open dcoument format and remove MS formats. Since 90% of the installations will have LO, no one is going to complain and they will happily settle for open document format and MS can't do anything.

It is the strategy and timing I am talking about. Doing both together (MS compatibility + Open document) is a strain on developers and QA.

Given that LO has very few developers and QA, then why should LO focus on two product lines. It is not correct strategy.


PS: I am not pushing my ideas but I do not want to pay MS. Also, I will be using LO but if the person who is receiving my document has MS Office, then what?

MS is a clever, arm-twisting company. You never know what they can come up with. Bill Gates knew about monopoly and that's why all MS components are intertwined with each other so that if you remove one component then other component will not work properly. Bill Gates did this even before question arose about breaking up MS, and after this happened in Europe, MS avoided it easily by stating that if they remove IE then Windows will not work properly and got away with not breaking up.

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