What's Sun gonna do, tell him to get in line behind Microsoft?
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Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
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The recent move by Microsoft to support PDF in Office 12 has some asking whether or not that will pour oil on troubled waters and allow Massachusetts government employees to go on using Word to edit and store documents. By my reading of the Massachusetts Enterprise Technical Reference Manual (ETRM), the policy that governs data formats and standards for the State, PDF won't work.
It's three hours before the Google-Sun press gaggle. News.
As I've already written several times before in our series on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM), every time one of us buys another piece of DRMed content (eg: a song from iTunes), we are securing the legacy of the DRM cartel while giving it carte blanche to arbitrarily decide how we get to use the content that we're legally entitled to use in any way we want, as long as we use it for ourselves.
In an interview conducted by news.com's Ina Fried, Steve Sinofsky, the Microsoft senior vice president in charge of Office, noted that his company had received 120,000 user requests for PDF support, which the company just announced for Office 12, but no demand for the OpenDocument Format (ODF), which represents the idea that Microsoft's file formats need to be more open.
The Web is all agog and ablog about Microsoft's decision to support Adobe's Portable Document file format (PDF) in the next version of its desktop productivity suite: currently called Office 12 (why not Office Vista since there's an Office XP?).
Steven Johnson adds his version to the Web 2.0 definition bucket in this excerpt from his column in Discovery magazine column: "The difference between this Web 2.
Tomorrow, Sun CEO Scott McNealy and Google CEO Eric Schmidt are holding a press conference to discuss a "collaboration effort." Given that Dr.
This past Friday, I wrote my personal Delcaration of InDRMpendence. It scratches the surface of why we must place a citizens' injunction on Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology before it's too late.
In July I wrote about the debut of AttentionTrust.org, a non-profit promoting the basic rights of attention owners.