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Writing history with Microsoft's Office lock-in

Writing history with Microsoft's Office lock-in

By Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco

Posted: 25/04/2003 at 20:43 GMT

Sometimes, very small decisions can have a very big impact on how people work in the future. So join us, on a journey into the future: a story that begins with a little fudge.

In a little noticed move, Microsoft has slid on its commitment to produce open standard file formats for its Office products.

By maintaining a proprietary binary format that frequently changes, Microsoft has kept the exit costs high for potential defectors. However, Microsoft has for a long touted its investment in XML as a sign of its commitment to openness.