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I agree that even the home office tools should be XML-capable.

The question is what XML capabilities should be there.  It makes 
some sense to me not to sell Mom and Pop software that they will 
not use nor can they make good sense of.  It makes sense that many 
users can make use of XML tools that cannot afford expensive 
enterprise licenses.

So after everyone gets their licks in on MS, perhaps with some 
more information, we can make some sensible suggestions about 
which of these capabilities belong in the upper-tier products 
and which should come with Office for any user.

Open Office with everything including the kitchen sink tossed 
in will be problematic in its own right.  A home user doesn't 
fiddle with install files, doesn't know a jar file from Adam 
Sandler, and will not tolerate excess baggage on the disk drive 
if it takes up room reserved for wedding photos.  We really do 
have At Least, two tiers here, based on what they have skills 
for and what they expect to do.  Yes, the skills of home users 
are often underestimated. Still, I just don't see Auntie Mame 
grinding out XML Schemas for exporting her Excel to Turbo Tax.

Is this really a debate about what it will cost the rest of us?


-----Original Message-----
From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com]

MDubinko@cardiff.com (Micah Dubinko) writes:
>>And I think they also have in mind a much more nuanced marketing 
>Their approach is as nuanced as the top notch in a food chain.

It might seem more nuanced if there was any clear explanation about the
details of what they're doing.  Lack of nuance combined with lack of
detail - aren't we really analyzing footnotes here? - is pretty

More generally frustrating - and certainly not limited to Microsoft - is
the general notion that XML is stuff for the enterprise only.  That's
completely exasperating, and a perception that I was really hoping
Office would change.


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