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26 Jun 2006 3:22 PM
Belgium versus Microsoft?

p2p news / p2pnet: Belgium, the "David amongst European countries," could be risking the wrath of that "Goliath of software companies," Microsoft.

So says ZDNet, explaining the reason could be the Belgian government's decision to use only open formats for exchanging documents.

A country being intimidated by a commercial sector entity? That can't be, surely? You'd think not, but it happens all the time.

Sweden is still feeling Hollywood's wrath, and Apple is able to force the French to re-think legislation that had been passed by the National Assembly.

But Belgium, apparently, isn't about tocave in to Bill and the Boyz and its decision is, "pure common sense," says ZDNet.

"The whole reason for having standards bodies and the standards they produce is to guarantee compatibility and stability above individual companies'

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