"With the polls now closed and the early results in (some
public, some not), [I] think it's time to predict with assurance
that ISO will announce tomorrow that ISO/IEC DIS 29500, the draft
specification based upon Microsoft's Office Open XML formats, has
failed to achieve enough yes votes to gain approval at this
"The final vote has been a moving target for some time, and for
a variety of reasons. In most cases, the dynamism in the vote has
been as a result of various types of behavior by Microsoft, both
alleged as well as, in some cases, admitted. In one case, that
behavior led to the Swedish national vote being thrown out and
replaced with an abstention, after it became apparent that one
company voted more than once (Microsoft admitted that an employee
had sent a memo urging business partners to join the National Body
and vote to approve, and assuring them that their related fees
would be offset by Microsoft marketing incentives)..."
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