Here is a beautiful example of why .doc should go the way other file formats have gone before it. It’s proprietary.
During the… Open Format Meeting that was held in Massachusetts by the Mass Technology Leadership Council in regards to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts adopting the .odf document format for official state business…
Okay, but what about in a business or a school? I do not think we should always strive for the easiest solution in the short run, because in the long run it can come back to haunt us. Think forced upgrades, information loss due to outdated file formats, inability to control the information contained in the file format, etc, etc…
This weblog article has a good summary:
Microsoft vs Mass.: What ever happened to ‘The customer is always right’?
For extended reading on the topic:
Carr gives Microsoft a taste of its own OpenDoc medicine (and I pile on)