MassGov Declares OpenDocument Standard File Format

[Lots]( [of]( coverage today on the announcement that the Commonwealth of Massachussetts will migrate to the OASIS OpenDocument XML file format for office applications. I assume this means the Commonwealth will also be switching to or some other open source office suite, since Microsoft Office doesn’t currently support OpenDocument. Microsoft’s Brian Jones [naturally thinks]( the Commonwealth should use Microsoft’s forthcoming “[open](,1895,1829355,00.asp)” Office XML format and calls the standard “unnecessarily exclusive”. Isn’t any standard going to be exclusive? You exclude every format you don’t standardize on. While I think the switch is great news I consider it only a partial victory as the [original proposal]( was to move entirely to open source software.