British agency wants Office 2007 expelled

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The British Education Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) has filed a formal complaint against Microsoft with the European Union, saying it has failed to support open standards in the latest addition of the Microsoft Office product line, Office 2007.

It claims that the Office Open XML is not interoperable with software from other vendors, and wants the EU to compel Microsoft to support open standards. And this is not the first time Microsoft and BECTA clashed. Earlier this year, it released a detailed advisory over what should they do with Vista and Office 2007.

The advisory has told schools to not use them, until the schools can find ways to have them interoperable.

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