Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Sep 2007 21:40 UTC, submitted by archiesteel
Features, Office Microsoft has failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organization for Standardization. The proposal must now be revised to take into account the negative comments made during the voting process. Microsoft expects that a second vote early next year will result in approval, it said Tuesday. That is by no means certain, however, given the objections raised by some national standards bodies.
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RE[2]: Brian Jones' take
by WarpKat on Tue 4th Sep 2007 23:53 UTC in reply to "RE: Brian Jones' take"
WarpKat
Member since:
2006-02-06

"Microsoft themselves are not comitting Office to conform with the eventual form of OOXML."

That's actually pretty scary to think that a company who is trying to play the standards submission game isn't going to play by the standards rules if the standards body won't conform to the rules of the company in question.

[sarcasm] I'm quite sure I'm not alone in saying that I smell a ruse for the next 10 years.

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RE[3]: Brian Jones' take
by archiesteel on Wed 5th Sep 2007 00:04 in reply to "RE[2]: Brian Jones' take"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Holy crap. That is scary indeed.

I had missed this little gem...this further reinforces the notion that MS is still looking to gain an unfair advantage in controlling office file formats.

I guess having a monopoly is like being addicted to crack - it's really hard to let go, and you're ready to lie, cheat and steal in order to keep it!

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RE[4]: Brian Jones' take
by SReilly on Wed 5th Sep 2007 08:37 in reply to "RE[3]: Brian Jones' take"
SReilly Member since:
2006-12-28

I guess having a monopoly is like being addicted to crack - it's really hard to let go, and you're ready to lie, cheat and steal in order to keep it!

Lol! Now that you mention it, everything is starting to fall into place! All the dirty, backhanded, scummy tricks throughout the years suddenly start to make allot more sense.

What a crummy way to do business. :-D

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