OpenOffice.org has offered a free, open XML file format for over 3 years, while Microsoft has just begun to introduce their own implementation of XML in their new office suite products. MS is attempting to patent their software’s internal methods of handling XML as well as their own XML schemas.OpenOffice.org’s Gary Edwards recently gave Consulting Times an interesting factoid: of the 101 current XML-related patents pending at the USPTO, Microsoft is sponsoring 56 of them for its own account.
This paradoxical embrace-cum-control of open stadards like XML rather places Microsoft’s ethics of customer care in a harsh and unflattering light. Right next to their values of Trust and Security.
Full background & color under “Software AG REALLY likes XML” at Consulting Times.