Chris Capossela (head of the Information Worker business group) was over in the UK today and I got to join him in a couple of his briefings. Chris is a very impressive spokesperson and I learnt a lot listening to him handle questions. We got into some really good debates and I thought one of the discussions about XML was insightful and which had never occurred to me before in this way.
We were discussing why Microsoft didn't adopt ODF as the standard for 2007 but instead created our own standard, OpenXML. Brian Jones has a great post on this last week where he responds to an articulate critical view on his blog - well worth a read. I had the pleasure of meeting Brian in New York a while back - a laser sharp, very thoughtful, affable and humble guy.
In our discussion today, the arguments we debate were along these lines:
I'm no Brian Jones and will never understand the issues as deeply as he does but this helped me understand the reasoning better.
I encourage you to take a look at his blog if you have never done so because it is an excellent example of great blogging (IMHO). As I was saying to Chris today, great blogging is about dialogue and Brian does that superbly. Even if you disagree with him (I find he is very presuasive), you have to applaud his true blogger spirit :-)