The folks at the ZDNet news desk report that former OSI general counsel Larry Rosen has expressed support for the new license terms on Office XML Reference Schema, the Office file format.
The new terms mean that Massachusetts Republicans may not now feel compelled to vote Democratic in order to express their Microsoft love, while loyal Democrats may not have to plunk for Governor Mitt Romney in order to defend their open source ardor. As I noted Sunday, the battle of file formats there, between the Open Document Format and Microsoft's Office XML, has actually grown partisan.
Recent polls suggested that the Microsoft-loving Democrats have a slight lead, but a red-blue choice still leaves Microsoft without a big hunk of the market. On the other hand, a finesse may cause Romney and his CIO, Peter Quinn (left), to climb down from their insistence on ODF and keep Microsoft Office revenues flowing from the Commonwealth.
Business' principaled interest, after all, should never get in the way of principle and interest.