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"It seems the OOXML is about to be rejected! There is quite a negative vibe against the Microsoft's format, as one can see from the NY Times article. Quote:"Of the 87 countries that participated, 26 percent opposed Microsoft's bid. Under the rules for approval, no more than 25 percent of the countries could oppose the bid.""
Microsoft Corp. 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.
France has voted against the adoption of Microsoft's document format Office Open XML as an international standard, while Australia has decided to abstain.
"The Brazilian organization in charge of technical standards has decided to vote "no, with conditions" to Microsoft Corp.'s Office Open XML document format during an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) meeting on Sunday."
Norway Standards has released its decision on OOXML. It's No with Comments. Essentially, they are concerned about too many technical issues and wish to see them fixed before it becomes a standard. They included their comments with suggestions for some fixes, which they'll discuss in February at the "ballot resolution" meeting along with the comments from other countries, and if the problems are fixed after that, then they would vote for it.
In his recent piece about how Microsoft should be afraid of open source, our own Matt Asay stumbles on a solution to the problem. He offers this nifty Forrester chart showing how software revenues have changed in the last few years, from licenses to maintenance, with services declining as well.
IDG in Sweden is reporting the contents of a leaked Microsoft memo sent to Microsoft partners there, telling them to join the Swedish Institute of Standards and vote yes on OOXML. As you know, 20+ newly registered Microsoft partner companies did so, thus switching the expected No vote to Yes at the last minute. It says Microsoft's representative Klas Hammar acknowledges the memo was sent, but says it should not have been.
The Free Software Foundation (FSF) today released the following statement in response to claims by Microsoft regarding their obligations under the GNU GeneralPublic License version 3 (GPLv3).
"Microsoft has engaged in anticompetitive conduct in the software industry for many years, and has sought to attack free software for almost as long,"