[sf-lug] Google no likey OOXML, very pro ODF

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 19:32:27 PDT 2007


For those of you who might have wondered about the difference between Google
and Microsoft, one really clear example is the respective companies' views
of ODF and OOXML.  Google's very existence, I would argue, is predicated on
an open Internet.  Microsoft, on the other hand, might derive some revenue
from its on-line presence, but its current mainstay is locally installed
software, and while Microsoft has come out in support of an open Internet in
many instances, Google and Microsoft diverge sharply when it comes to their
relationship to open data formats.

At any rate, the reason for my post today is to ask you folks to consider
digging a post by Zaheda Bhorat, someone who is a friend of mine in Google.
Full disclosure:  It's not as if Zaheda and I were childhood friends, or
anything like that, but I have known her since she was a Sun OOo marketing
lead in 2001.  Zaheda has written an extensive Google blog on the OOXML
vote.  As I mentioned, Zaheda was one of the early OOo marketing leads
inside Sun, and the success of OOo and ODF do owe a decent amount to
Zaheda's passion for both.  Zaheda's detailed and informative blog deserves
a place on the front page of Digg.  Please consider digging it.

Thanks either way!


Christian Einfeldt,
Producer, The Digital Tipping
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