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RE: [xml-dev] 2007 Predictions

Good to know but software purchases aren't the only costs.  Training and
other support costs as you note are part of the costs. Is there any real
urgency to legislate such procurements?  Are there cost savings?  Will it
improve productivity by an obvious measure?

IT tends to be conservative regards plugins and migrations.  So what is the
business case for doing this in 2007?

Make the case.


From: Michael Champion [mailto:mc@xegesis.org] 

> I don't expect a sudden upsurge in OOXML.  IT spending may be flat overall
> in Federal sectors particularly in the United States where monies are
> redirected to offset the results of tax cuts while a war is being waged.

As Brian Jones notes
er-versions-of-office.aspx it is a misconception that OOXML requires a
purchase of Office 2007. 
There's a free upgrade for older MS Offices that enables OOXML support
There will be Mac support real soon now, not sure what has been promised,
when. Novell,Corel, etc. have also indicated that they would support OOXML
From a quick search, it looks like the popular ODF plugins for Word only
support Office 2007, but I can't imagine why there wouldn't be versions that
work with older versions of MS Office if actual demand emerges. So, while
obviously it will cost time and support money to take advantage of the free
software / plugins , I wouldn't think budgets would be a major factor
blocking a move to one of the XML-based office formats.

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