Massachusetts Verdict: MS Office Formats Out
Yippee! It's about time:
The state of Massachusetts Friday made it official: It will use only nonproprietary document formats in state-affiliated offices effective Jan. 1, 2007. . . . As part of this new policy, the state will support the newly ratified Open Document Format for Office Applications, or OpenDocument, and PDFs (portable document format) as the standards for its office documents.
Yes. Only a techie writing teacher could get excited by government adoption of an open document format. But this is a big deal :)