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Microsoft Memo to Partners in Sweden Surfaces: Vote Yes for OOXML

Aug 29, 2007, 12:45 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

"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.

"It costs money to join SIS, registration of around $150 and an additional $1,150 or so to get to vote, so Microsoft is reported to have told partners in the memo that companies that paid the fee and voted appropriately would receive 'marketing support' ('marknadsbidrag') and 'additional support in the form of Microsoft resources' ('extra stöd i form av Microsoftresurser')..."

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