12/28/2005

Massachusetts CIO Resigns Over OpenDocument

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 12:41 pm

Peter Quinn, the man responsible for bringing OpenDocument to the state of Massachusetts as CIO, will resign on Jan. 9, citing the controversy around the decision as well as personal attacks aimed at him as reasons for his departure.

No announcement has been made as to a replacement. However, Quinn did stress to employees of the state’s Information Technology Division (ITD) that just because he was leaving, it did not mean that Massachusetts’ progress towards ODF was ending.

The move to standardize on the OpenDocument format for all electronic documents in Massachusetts began on Sept. 1, when the proposal was first approved. The plan was quickly attacked by Microsoft, which called it “inconsistent and discriminatory.”

Microsoft has since submitted its new Office Open XML formats to Ecma International for standardization.

Source: eWeek

 

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