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August 12, 2008


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Bruce D'Arcus

It makes you nervous for the same reason it makes me nervous: because MS has a long history of finding new ways to lock in customers, and this is another of those examples. Any institution that buys into this "free" system would be insane. As an academic author, I certainly won't be a part of it.

So what would be the alternative, people might wonder? Look to open solutions that don't insist on particular authoring tools (say Word) or server backends (Sharepoint, etc.). I'd expect efforts like Zotero to point towards what that might look like.

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