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The war of words between Microsoft and Google over Office 2010 and its entry into online, cloud-based applications heated up today as both companies again took shots at each other.
"It says a lot about Microsoft's approach to customer lock-in that the company touts its proprietary document formats, which only Microsoft software can render with true fidelity, as the reason to avoid using other products," Google said in a statement e-mailed to Computerworld by a company spokesman.
"This is about how Google has chosen to implement features, not file formats," argued Payne in a e-mail today. "Microsoft supports multiple ISO standards for file formats, and they are fully and openly documented, [but] Google simply chooses not to implement certain features, which results in poor document fidelity."
My outrage is still just as high as when I first found out that they took the time to make the default file type of Office'07 incompatible with the previous versions.
In Word there is very little new behavior that only works in the .docx format
Besides, shouldn't new hires be sending their resumes in universal PDF format so anyone can read them?
We all know the real and only reason they made the default not backwards compatible was so that people would tell their friends and colleagues that "You have to get the new version" when told that they can't open their Word docs.
Try asking people to send any format you like - you will usually end up with most of them sending you .doc (or now, possibly, .docx) anyway.