Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 21st Nov 2005 23:51 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft intends to submit file formats for its new Office 12 applications to the European standards body ECMA International. The company hopes this will allay concern about its level of control over document formats. Update by AS: For the curious, here's a sample Office 12 file and a sample XPS file. (Note: Right click > Save As..., we're not configured to serve these files just yet.)
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by Splinter on Tue 22nd Nov 2005 00:38 UTC
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2005-07-13

As part of the submission do they allow use of the standard free of charge?

I am pretty sure some standards bodies allow standards to include licenced technology hence not assising OSS or free software implimentation.

They say they will remove "virtually all" barriers. My guess is that GPL (and others) will be barred.

Edited 2005-11-22 00:40

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