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How "Ignorant of Standards" Was Microsoft Really?

Jun 27, 2008, 19:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

"Regular readers will notice that I've been woefully silent the last few weeks, at first due to having too many irons in the fire, and for the last ten days due to being on a family vacation abroad, returning not till July 2. As a result, I've been not only behind on blogging, but also on keeping up with the news while limited primarily to Blackberry access since I left. But I thought that it might be useful to take a break and share the 'Huh?!?' I experienced when I stumbled across this article by Andrew Donoghue at ZDNet while briefly enjoying an island of laptop connectivity in a hotel lobby in Florence. The article is titled, 'Microsoft admits to standards ignorance pre-OOMXL' and is based on remarks by Microsoft national technology officer Stuart McKee. Even more incredibly, it bears the following subtitle:

"Microsoft has admitted that, despite being one of the dominant names in IT for over 30 years, it had little or no experience or expertise around software standards until the company was mid-way through the process of getting Office Open XML approved by the International Organization for Standardization..."

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