Subject: Re: [open-source] Sun to start charging for Star Office
To: NetBSD User's Discussion List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jan Schaumann <email@example.com>
Date: 03/21/2002 22:40:03
Charles Shannon Hendrix <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> If they (Microsoft) would at least follow their own standard (some Word
> versions won't load one another's files, or even their own sometimes)
> it would at least be easier.
But then people would not see the need to upgrade to the latest version
of Word -- since the latest is almost invariably incompatible with other
versions, everybody has to shell out another $largeAmount bucks for an
"upgrade". I very much understand how it is in the interest of MS to do
this -- but only a monopolist can do things like this.
> Then again, making people focus on the data and words instead of how
> they are formatted would go a long way toward easier document exchange,
> and would also allow them to get a lot more work done.
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