Ballmer on the hot seat and a Masschusetts vs. Microsoft update (The Dan & David Show)

Ballmer on the hot seat and a Masschusetts vs. Microsoft update (The Dan & David Show)

Summary: In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, David has an update on the Microsoft vs. the Commonwealth of Massachusetts debate over whether Office file formats are open enough to be included in the state's Enterprise Technical Reference Model (check out David's investigative report).

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In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, David has an update on the Microsoft vs. the Commonwealth of Massachusetts debate over whether Office file formats are open enough to be included in the state's Enterprise Technical Reference Model (check out David's investigative report). The highlight of the show is our deconstruction, complete with choice audio clips, of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's interview at Gartner's Symposium ITxpo in Orlando, where we have been blogging this week. Ballmer talks about the importance of services to Microsoft's strategy and about managing development projects at different speeds, with services on a six to nine month "twitch" cycle. He also discusses Linux, Google, Vista, licensing and other topics. David also rants about the HP/Cingular smartphone. The podcast can be delivered directly to your desktop or MP3 player if you're subscribed to our podcasts (See ZDNet’s podcasts: How to tune in), or you can just download the MP3.  Let us know what you think.

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  • Ballmer's a nut!.

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    An_Axe_to_Grind
  • Windoze.....funny.

    Thank you for this story I appreciate your effort but, since I discovered FreeBSD talking about new windoze features is just plain boring. Kinda laughable too. The whole cottage industry that survives because windoze is too unsecure to be used on a network or internet. Let me wait in line so I can pay $150 for some more of the same. I do get a laugh out of people using windoze still.
    teckk@...
  • Ballmer on the hotseat....

    hope he FRIES!!!!!!!!

    Since when does a COMPANY have the 'right' to tell a GOVERNMENTAL BODY what to do???????????

    It's absolutely GREAT that MA is knocking Mega$ux off its $elfmade peda$tal!!! It's ABOUT TIME Someone did!!!:))
    btljooz
  • The state agency won't lock in software

    Let's be realistic... both of them are going to throw their weight no matter how little or how much. Microsoft will change and the state isn't out of touch with reality. The state will know it needs to reevaluate the software that it can use. Perhaps the state was thinking that they needed to help Microsoft come to a quicker understanding that they needed to at least inform them officially that the ODF was something that they are going to go to for sure in the future. Sometimes everyone needs a push to get it going in the right direction. Until Microsoft was 'told' they needed to have this they may have not put it on the front burner. Other programs will update faster and may be at the forefront of what the consumer needs but it is their job to impress us and make us switch over to that product. If you want the ODF programs to make a dent then have them start getting the programs that use integration to start accepting them. (Programs that require a MS compatible format to be used. That is where the focus should be for the open source/ODF people.) Switching would be a lot easier for companies if the format is compatible.
    SunnyBoy_
    • HMMMM

      The reason Ma is supporting odf is that it can be read/used on any platform roayaly free forever
      Also it doesnt lock anyone into using certain software. If someone is dirt poor or prefers or has paid for another application should they be forced to come up with hundreds of dollars to buy Ms office so they can view state/govt documents when they could use the one theyve already installed /bought or buy a cheaper office suite or even get one that is free. Ms wants you to be locked in. Everyone else wants you to have the freedom to choose whatever you want including ms (if theyd make their software work with odf)..And for those "stuck" using Ms office sun has an online utility that allows you to batch convert files to odf :)
      viator