In spite of their public opposition to Microsoft's attempt to get the ISO standardization nod for its Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, IBM and Google quietly are supporting OOXML. That's according to two blog postings from the end of last week by Microsoft execs involved in the OOXML vs. Open Document Format (ODF) standards battle.
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IBM CEO says Big Blue will invest $1 billion in Linux next year, as part of its $5 billion strategy to tackle the hard problems facing e-businesses.
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