Microsoft OOXML Controversy Rises AgainMicrosoft OOXML Controversy Rises Again
Last week, 13 of 23 members of Norway's International Standards Organization (ISO) committee <a href="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/10/02/norway-standards-members-walk">resigned</a>. They were resigning in protest to Norway's official decision to favor Microsoft's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_Open_XML">OOXML document format</a> as an ISO standard, despite a "no" vote by 21 of 23 committee members. (Microsoft and Statoil were the Norway committee's only two "yes
October 5, 2008
Last week, 13 of 23 members of Norway's International Standards Organization (ISO) committee resigned. They were resigning in protest to Norway's official decision to favor Microsoft's OOXML document format as an ISO standard, despite a "no" vote by 21 of 23 committee members. (Microsoft and Statoil were the Norway committee's only two "yes" votes.)A week earlier, IBM voiced dissatisfaction with the OOXML approval process, and threatened to leave ISO if the organization didn't protect its decisions from "undue influence." Now there is some concern that Microsoft is trying to take over the Open Document Format (ODF) process in an attempt to control or destroy its document-format competitor.
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