Neelie Kroes is a smart and influential European bureaucrat. When she tells people “choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed” people listen.“When open alternatives are available, no citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to use a particular companyâ€™s technology to access government information. No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one, through a government having made that choice first. I know a smart business decision when I see one â€“ choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed.” The campaign to use ODF for government documents is one I support too. It’s the right way to create, view, modify and distribute documents. Locking in one’s self to doing things M$’s way is not smart. It’s stupid, especially when we know it’s a trap M$ deliberately created to keep it’s cash cow pouring milk into M$’s pail.
Bill Gates recognized that M$’s monopoly depended on lock-in many years ago and did everything possible to achieve it including shifting file formats to force users to constantly update to new versions of their office software. This fixation on jerking around the market by manipulating file-formats persisted even to the days that M$ introduced their own ISO standard file-format.