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internetnews.com: Microsoft Office Open XML Sparks Standards Fight

Dec 08, 2006, 13:45 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hickins)

"Ecma, an international organization that helps develop standards, has approved Office Open XML (OOXML), and will submit the standard for adoption under the International Standards Organization (ISO) process.

"This is a significant milestone for Microsoft because, if the standard is approved by ISO, it will deflect criticism that its software is not standards-based.

"The standards issue is particularly important in dealing with governments which do not let their agencies purchase software that is not standards-based..."

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