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Internetnews.com: Microsoft's Battle Lines Shifting to Office?

Nov 22, 2002, 17:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thor Olavsrud)

"Microsoft and Sun Microsystems may have ironed out their differences long enough to get Sun to join the Web Services Interoperability Organization (WS-I), but they already seem to be redrawing battle lines over standards.

"On Wednesday, the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), of which both Microsoft and Sun are members, formed a new technical committee to advance an XML-based file format specification for office applications, intended to help standardize data for content creation and management applications.

"The new OASIS Open Office XML Format Technical Committee will base its work off of the XML file format specification designed by Sun for its OpenOffice.org 1.0 project--an open source office productivity suite which Sun hopes will help it break open Microsoft's grip on the office productivity application market..."

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