It should be obvious to anyone that the opportunity to use open standards on the web and in all of IT is the way to go forward but M$ and “partners”, behemoths of IT, have saddled us with closed standards for their commercial purposes. We should consider the consequences of our choices and refuse to be lead to slavery by salesmen.
“Open Standards are crucial to ensure that different computer systems can work together, and that users can access documents regardless of the computing platform or device they use. They are the foundation of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
"Markets for digital products such as audiobooks and cloud documents have grown dramatically. Open Standards let users break free from vendor lock-in and corporate control," said Sam Tuke, Campaign Manager at the Free Software Foundation Europe.”
see Document Freedom Day from Brussels to Taiwan: Open Standards celebrated in 30 countries.
A good first step is to use FLOSS and GNU/Linux everywhere you can. FLOSS is naturally built on open standards so make it the default choice for all your IT. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. It gives you a head-start on open IT that works for you.