Essay on Massachusetts and OpenDocument
I've referenced this before, but since it's been updated, I'll point to it again. David Wheeler has a good, comprehensive essay over at "Why OpenDocument Won (and Microsoft Office Open XML Didn't)". One point that you shouldn't miss is around GPL. Microsoft has now said itself that its Office XML license is not compatible with the GPL. Wheeler's article cites various statistics, but it's clear that more than 50% of all open source projects use the GPL. So Microsoft wants Massachusetts to allow the use of a format (the Microsoft one) that disallows software, particularly competitive open source software? Clearly this is problematic and limits choice, exactly the opposite of what a government should be doing. See the whole essay for more.