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Microsoft attacks new Origo system

Global software giant Micro-soft has attacked Origo’s new technology standards plans, branding them bizarre because they do not support its new systems.

Microsoft Office 12 manager Darren Strange says Origo’s new systems will not interface with its new Office or Internet Explorer products.

Strange says advisers wanting to use both Microsoft and Origo in the future – when the new technology is widely used among providers – will have to use a plug-in to bridge the gap, complicating tech- nology at a time when others are striving for simplicity.

But Origo managing director Paul Pettitt says Microsoft does not seem to understand what type of organisation he runs and that it will not be an issue as advisers will be able to download a plug-in for free or be given one by providers.

Pettitt says he is happy to work with Microsoft although he admits there has been no discussion between the two firms for over a year.

He says he has been working with the Worldwide Web Consortium to implement Xforms software which he says is the best technology available for the industry.

Strange says: “Origo seems to be betting on Microsoft failing.”

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