MassGov Declares OpenDocument Standard File Format

[Lots](http://news.ft.com/cms/s/80033a76-1a71-11da-b7f5-00000e2511c8.html) [of](http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20050831202118904) 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 OpenOffice.org or some other open source office suite, since Microsoft Office doesn’t currently support OpenDocument. Microsoft’s Brian Jones [naturally thinks](http://blogs.msdn.com/brian_jones/archive/2005/08/31/458879.aspx) the Commonwealth should use Microsoft’s forthcoming “[open](http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,1829355,00.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](http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2003/12/22/open_source_battle_is_heating_up/) was to move entirely to open source software.