Of All Things Why Aren't Microsoft Products Fully Compatible With Each Other???

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by E. Scrooge, Oct 7, 2005.

  1. That's the difference between open and closed data formats.

    With open formats, you have a lot of interoperability testing between
    different implementors. That way, any misunderstanding of the format
    specs (or any bugs/inconsistencies in them) get very quickly thrashed

    With Microsoft's proprietary formats, there is only ever one group
    implementing the format, and it's almost certainly the same group that
    defined the format in the first place. So they only have to define it
    clearly enough to remind themselves what they meant, which means it
    doesn't really have to be comprehensible to anybody else. And if it
    turned out there was some bug or inconsistency in the spec, well, it's
    easy enough to fix that up in the code. (Documentation? What
    documentation?) And so the spec and reality drift further apart.

    And then you come to the next version of the product, a few years down
    the track. People in the group have come and gone. So a new bunch of
    people have to rediscover what the previous lot meant by the previous
    spec. At the same time, they're coming up with a new spec for the new
    version. All they can do to check interoperability is test a sample of
    actual documents against both the previous code and the new code, and
    see if they can spot any obvious problems. Anything that doesn't get
    included in the test suite, doesn't get tested.

    And so it goes...
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 8, 2005
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    E. Scrooge Guest

    When it comes to WPS file no one worries if prgrams from other companies
    can't read them properly, but Microsoft word processors should read the damn
    things instead needing the same MS Word program that created it in the first

    E. Scrooge
    E. Scrooge, Oct 8, 2005
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    davenetnz Guest

    02k and o2k3 can open them once you install the filter... free download
    from MS.
    nope, it doesn't... atleast oo.o1.9.2 doesnt.
    davenetnz, Oct 10, 2005
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