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Can't We All Just Get Along?

Sep 13, 2007, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by William Jackson)

"The International Organization for Standardization concluded a five-month round of fast-track voting Sept. 2 on a proposed new standard on open documents, and when the ballots were counted, Microsoft had lost its initial bid for adoption of its Office Open XML format.

"Just how badly Microsoft was beaten depends on whom you are listening to, but the company probably will get a second shot at making OOXML an international standard early next year. So maybe it is not too late to bring the Microsoft format together with the OpenDocument Format and create one big, happy, interoperable standard..."

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