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Massachusetts sticks to its ODF guns

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I'll be honest with you. After, Peter Quinn, Massachusetts's CIO, resigned from pressure that he believed could largely be traced back to Microsoft, I didn't think the ODF (OpenDocument Format) had a chance in heck of making it into the state's offices.

It turns out I may be wrong.

The state's new CIO, Louis Gutierrez, has been given his marching orders, and those orders are to support ODF.

In, the second paragraph of the news release announcing his appointment, a spokesperson for Gov. Romney stated that Gutierrez will be "responsible for overseeing the final stages of implementation" of the ODF proposal.

"The whole press release is clearly being used as a vehicle to convey the strong support of Romney for ODF," Andy Updegrove, a partner at the Boston law firm Gesmer Updegrove LLP and the editor of, told eWEEK's Lisa Vaas.

So, why would Romney, who had approved of Microsoft's semi-bogus plan to make Open XML an "open" standard, change his position?

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