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Re: About satandrads and politics

From: Donovan Rebbechi

>On Fri, 6 Aug 1999, Bud Beckman wrote:
>> We are consumers looking for the best
>> buy and not the best standard, sorry to say.

>Interesting counter example: Java beat active X because it was a better
>standard, and despite the fact that MS's product won ultimately, they
>forced to support the competing standard.

Didn't Sun take MS to court?

>The example with MS office is somewhat different: there was no
>industry wide "Standard" document format, so the industry standardised
>the document formats of a single vendor.

Hmm, don't know, seems MS Office was developed from a word processor,
added  a sperad sheet, graphics and all the other junk they could throw
into it. An integrated hodge podge.

>The users still chose standards
>over the quality of the product: one of the main things that keeps MS
>Office selling so well is the fact that it is the only office suite that
>completely conforms to the (defacto) standard.

Never having used MS Office, to what standards are you referring?