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[News] Microsoft's Fight Against Open Document Standards Exposed

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Will the Era of File Format Lock-In Ever End?

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| Why is it that only The European Commission seems to be taking a really tough 
| stance against these types of file format lock-in practices? As we reported 
| here, last year European Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes took a very 
| tough stance in calling for governments throughout Europe to use open source 
| software and adopt open standards.    


Federal future cloudy for Microsoft Word

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| "The suit is not about file formats, and the verdict has no implications for 
| Open XML,â Kutz added. âIt is about the way Microsoft Word handles certain 
| kinds of code. In addition, the particular Custom XML functionality at issue 
| is not used by most customers."   


Microsoft is the anti-interop company.

    From: Marc Olson
  Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2000 7:21 AM
  To: Norman Gilinsky
  Cc: Joel Frauenheim
  Subject: RE: Visio file format

  Thanks, he sent a message to the alias and Iâve been in touch with him.

  â-Original Messageâ-
  From: Norman Gilinsky
  Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2000 7:01 AM
  To: Marc Olson
  Cc: Joel Frauenheim
  Subject: RE: Visio file format

  Joel Frauenheim will be handling distribution of file format


  â-Original Messageâ-
  From: Marc Olson
  Sent: Monday, May 22, 2000 3:49 PM
  To: Norman Gilinsky
  Subject: FW: Visio file format

  Hi Norm,

  I donât know how urgent this project isâis someone covering the file format
distribution in Timâs absence?


  â-Original Messageâ-
  From: Marc Olson
  Sent: Monday, May 22, 2000 7:48 AM
  To: Tim Davenport
  Cc: Erich Andersen (LCA)
  Subject: RE: Visio file format

  Hi Tim,

  Weâve recently change the policy for distributing our file formats, at the
request of BillG. We used to be fairly lax about giving it out to pretty much
everyone who asked for it (Excel even published a book through MS Press).

  Our new policy (for Office2000) is that there are restrictions on use
(canât build converters, canât be a competitor to any of the apps, etc). We
required a signed license agreement in hand before weâll send them the docs.
They have to tell us who they are and what their company does, as well as
their intended use.

  Privileged Material

  Once we get a copy of the signed agreement back, I sign for Microsoft, and
we send them back a hard copy of the agreement via snail mail, and send them
the docs via email


  << File Word 2000 License.doc >>

  â-Original Messageâ-
  From: Tim Davenport
  Sent: Monday, May 15, 2000 5:14 PM
  To: Office File Format Request
  Subject: Visio file format


  MS-PCA 2545864

  As you may know, Visio is now a Microsoft product. We recently completed
the documentation of the Video file format and we want to distribute it in the
same manner as the Office docs are distributed. I know that there is a page on
MSDN that tells requestors to e-mail this alias and ask for the Office
documentation. Do you require that they supply you with the details of what
they plan to do with it? Do you make them sign any kind of agreement? Is the
documentation stamped with âMicrosoft Confidentialâ?

  Thanks for any information you can provide me.

  Tim Davenport (Timda)
  Program Manager

  MS-PCA 2545865


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