OK, so I get up, shower, eat, and open up my email client. Number 4 from the top is a Daniweb email telling me about the wonderful topics currently being discussed - here's the list: * Prevent programs from saving to certain folder? in Windows Vista and Windows 7 * Win7: To Migrate or Not to Migrate? in Windows Vista and Windows 7 * Error Code 8024402c in Windows Vista and Windows 7 * connecting to localhost` in Windows Vista and Windows 7 * Cant install any programs... Help! in Windows Vista and Windows 7 * Windows 7 Regional Themes …

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Maybe it’s all part of a kinder, gentler Microsoft; or maybe it’s something else. In the latest example of Redmond’s increase in openness, the “Evil Empire” in an [URL=http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/may07/05-16ANSIVotePR.mspx] announcement[/URL] last week said it backs the addition of the Open Document Format to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards list and will add native compatibility for ODF and Adobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF). The changes will come in a service pack for the Office suite sometime in the first half of 2009. Microsoft also has joined the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS)—the group maintaining ODF—and …

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Microsoft has been pushed (Massachusetts state government) to make a document format that would be completley compliant with other word processors such as OpenOffice. This will be their Open document format. Now you might be saying well I can open my word documents in openoffice already or I can just use a rich text format why do I need this open document? Well this is because word documents save information that you dont see in the document and then other people can view it if you send it to them this is especially useful when looking over agreements, contracts, or …

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There’s no denying that Microsoft has both audacity and folly in equal measure, and never was this more clearly exemplified than in the news that it is launching an ‘industry leading compression quality’ image format. Revealed in some detail at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference ([URL="http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/winhec/"]WinHEC[/URL]) 2006 in Seattle, a picture containing more detail than a JPEG at 24:1 compression was proudly on show under the headline of ‘better picture, smaller file’. The Windows Media Photo format, as it’s being called, features multiple color formats for display and print, fixed or floating point high dynamic range image encoding, and extremely …

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