Microsoft kicks off openness initiative in Denmark  

2003.11.18
Denmark will be the first country where Microsoft makes its technical document information in XML available free of charge

Denmark will be the first country in the world where Microsoft makes its technical document information in XML available free of charge. It's all to do with the XML standard in the latest versions of Microsoft Office, and means that everybody will be able to work with e.g. Word documents in all software formats. According to Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation Helge Sander, this will enhance the exchange of data and documents between different IT systems.

 

Helge Sander has recently talked with Microsoft's founder Bill Gates about the need for greater openness. The Danish government stresses the importance of open standards, efficient exploitation of software and healthy market competition. For its part Microsoft characterises the Danish government's focus on standard- based technologies like XML as visionary. The iconic software concern's initiative in Denmark will soon be followed by similar initiatives in other European countries. The news is reported by Computerworld online.

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