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Microsoft's Secretive Standards Orgs in Former Yugoslavia

Sep 26, 2007, 15:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ivan Jelic)

"After the International Organization for Standardization voted to reject Microsoft's Office Open XML document format as a standard, the detailed results from ISO member countries give us a lot of material to analyze. Votes from Southeastern Europe and former Yugoslavia countries showed Microsoft's domination of that market, and especially good connections with authorities because the most of national standardization bodies voted Yes with no comments.

"Romania and Bulgaria, members of European Union, together with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, gave a green light for Microsoft's format, with comments from Bulgaria. In this story, we take a look at the decision processes and reactions in those countries..."

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