More Microsoft mindset... "Just wait for our *next* release!"
From PC Pro: New file format causes Mass panic at Microsoft
In regards to Massachusetts' plan to standardize on the OpenDocument format and ditch Office:
Writing in his blog, Brian Jones, Microsoft's Office Program Manager said he agreed with the principle that file formats should be open but claimed that the forthcoming formats for the upcoming Office 12 product were just that - if only Massachusetts had waited to see the beta of the new version coming out in a few months.
'Moving to document formats that are open, documented, and royalty-free is actually really valuable,' writes Jones. 'The default format for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in Office 12 will be completely open, meaning you aren't tied into Microsoft software to access your files. They will now totally belong to you and you have control over them. I'm extremely excited about the opportunity this gives to people to build solutions that operate on Office documents and it's royalty-free (no cost).'
Having put in his pitch for the new Office 12 formatting, Jones condemns the State's decision as being based on 'no thorough research' as the first beta of the new productivity suite will not be out for a another couple of months. ' I can't imagine that they would have made this decision as it actually provides the easiest path of moving from proprietary binary formats into open XML formats,' he writes.
Did you catch that key line?
if only Massachusetts waited to see the beta of the new version coming out in a few months.
In other words, put your business and organization on hold indefinitely until we show you a beta release of a new version of software coming soon. If that's not freezing the market, what is?
I also love the complaint that the decision was based on "no thorough research". I think it's more a case of "we didn't win, so the decision was wrong".