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Forecast: ISO Will Announce on Tuesday that OOXML Approval has Failed

Sep 04, 2007, 00:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Updegrove)

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"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 time.

"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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