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08:00 Dec 21, 2005
English to Chinese translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - IT (Information Technology) / document format
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Microsoft can go ahead and use only Microsoft XML, but since nobody else can read it (including many current deployments of Office), and people are standardizing on OpenDocument instead, customers may find that they just don’t want the latest version of Office unless Microsoft hurries up and implements the standard. Strong pressure might cause abandonment of the latest version of Microsoft Office, intead of getting people to switch to the product.
One major use for Microsoft’s XML format might be as a starting point for a separate program that converts their format into OpenDocument. If an office suite built that in, but uses licenses like the GPL that Microsoft disapproves of, then Microsoft could exploit that through its license and shut the office suite down. But if it’s a separate program, it’s not clear what Microsoft would do. They could shut down the converter, but that wouldn’t stop competitors, and it would expose their licensing conditions as anti-competitive without actually harming the office suite suppliers. (Exposing conditions as anti-competitive makes sense from a business perspective if you can drive your competitors out of business before the law can do anything, but it makes no sense if it only exposes you to liability without harming your competitors.) If they do not shut down the converter, it could help people to move away from Office even more rapidly.