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11/23/2005
  Microsoft opening up Office document formats

Microsoft is submitting its Office 12 document formats such as Word and Excel to a European standards body (ECMA - they also manage the JavaScript "standard", btw)

Good news for anyone trying to improve workflow with Office documents. Another long time coming move, and it reeks of serious desperation, I think.

I'm guessing MSFT will probably try to limit use of the formats with some evil licensing terms, but as they used to say back in the mid-90's: "Information wants to be free"

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