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EU: Microsoft Pushing Too Hard for OOXML?

Feb 08, 2008, 18:15 (11 Talkback[s])

The Register: EU Investigates Microsoft's OOXML Campaign

"Microsoft's failed attempt to get its Office Open XML (OOXML) file format adopted by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) could land the software giant in hot water with the European Commission (EC).

"Last month, the anti-trust arm of the commission began formal probes against Microsoft in two cases where it has been alleged that the multinational firm had abused its dominant market position..."

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ConsortiumInfo: EU Initiates Investigation Against Microsoft OOXML Push

"This latest announcement clearly demonstrates that while the EU has settled the case against Microsoft that ran for almost a decade, it remains as suspicious as ever regarding the software vendor's conduct, notwithstanding Microsoft's less combative stance in recent years.

"According to the Journal, the investigation will focus on whether Microsoft 'violated antitrust laws during a struggle last year to ratify its Office software file format as an international standard...'"

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