MICROSOFT: Strike Two!

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| Strike Three will come sooner than Feb '08 when we deliver an
| interoperability antidote and blow to all IT vendors seeking to constrain
| document interop; our solution is the key for all enterprise customers to end
| lock-in if they want to.
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http://fussnotes.typepad.com/plexnex...oft-strik.html

America is not the world and open source is grateful

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| Americans have also come to assume Microsoft’s anti-trust position to be
| unassailable. But that is not the case in Europe, which continues to press
| its case. As Larry Dignan notes correctly, this has a real impact on open
| source here.
|
| Some may whine, but by laying down its marker for interoperability, and
| against Microsoft’s embrace and extend policy, the European Union is
| supporting American open source efforts, giving them legal protection no U.S.
| court can fully take away.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1433


Related:

Microsoft foresees more suits in Japan

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| A legal battle between Microsoft and Japanese anti-monopoly authorities
| is likely to conclude next year and might lead to lawsuits or other
| patent infringement complaints against the U.S. software company,
| an executive said Thursday.
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft has been slapped with hefty fines by European Union regulators,
| who have said Microsoft broke competition laws and abused its dominant
| market position.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070412/...apan_microsoft


Government of Japan Embraces Open Software Standards

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| The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), the leading organization
| advocating for openness and accessibility to government documents and
| information, today congratulated Japan for adopting a policy under which
| government ministries and agencies will solicit bids from software vendors
| whose products support internationally recognized open standards.
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http://www.govtech.com/gt/126612?topic=117674


Malaysia formally embraces open doc format

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| The Malaysian government today announced plans to adopt open standards and
| the Open Document Format (ODF) within the country's public sector.
|
| [...]
|
| In July this year, Japan became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region
| to embrace open software standards. Last August, the United Nations urged
| countries in the region to adopt the ODF.
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http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/softwa...2030781,00.htm

Japanese Government to Embrace Linux

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| Oracle Japan is said to be leading the effort, which could launch
| as early as next month.
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http://biz.yahoo.com/seekingalpha/07...9_id.html?.v=1


Oracle, IBM, NEC to market Linux in Japan: Nikkei

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| Major information technology firms, including Oracle Corp., IBM Corp. and
| NEC Corp., will set up a consortium to sell servers and systems running
| the Linux operating system in Japan, a financial daily said on
| Thursday.
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...050202938.html


Schools across Japan may switch to Linux

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| Japan's public broadcaster NHK reported late last week that the
| Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry plans to introduce
| the open-source operating system Linux for use within classrooms
| across the country in the near future.
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http://gyaku.jp/en/index.php?cmd=contentview&pid=000112


Linux hot at top Japanese embedded conference

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| Japan's largest embedded conference of the year reportedly
| featured a growing number of Linux-related demonstrations,
| compared to previous years.
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http://www.linuxdevices.com/news/NS9926749642.html