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Microsoft Reports Victory in Preliminary ISO Ballot for Office Open XML

Sep 05, 2007, 15:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"The International Organization for Standardization finally issued a statement this evening, Geneva time, saying a preliminary vote to publish Microsoft's Office Open XML as an international standard failed to meet the requisite two-thirds majority of support to attain fast-track status. The standard itself has not failed, contrary to many reports this morning.

"But for OOXML to emerge beyond the draft status, Microsoft now has until February--not March, as was earlier reported here and elsewhere--to address the comments of members who voted both in the affirmative ('yes, with comments') and the negative ('no, with comments')..."

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