"Within the next 24-hours, Microsoft will submit to JTC1 a set
of proposals for addressing the 3,522 comments that accompanied
OOXML's failed ballot last September. We'll no doubt hear a lot of
yip-yip-yahooing on their end. Expect a major media campaign. I
don't want to take away the surprise, but I'm hearing that
journalists are being flown into Redmond next week from around the
world for briefings on OOXML. So, for their benefit, and yours,
let's review where we are in the JTC1 process..."
"The Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre at the University of New
South Wales recently hosted a symposium to discuss issues
surrounding the proposed Microsoft OOXML document format
"In attendance at a technical session were representatives from
Microsoft, IBM, Google, the Open Source Industry Australia,
Standards Australia, the National Archives of Australia, and the
International Organisation for Standardisation..."
"Microsoft's OOXML document format will win out over its
open-source ODF competitor, says a new report from the Burton
"'ODF is insufficient for complex real-world enterprise
requirements, and it is indirectly controlled by Sun Microsystems,
despite also being an ISO standard,' says the report, which claims
that Sun's involvement will make the standard more
"While the battle between proponents of OpenDocument Format
(ODF) and Office Open XML (OOXML) rages on, Microsoft is making
some headway persuading several strategic organizations in Malaysia
to adopt OpenXML.
"The Malaysian government may appear to favor the use of the
ODF, with plans to adopt the standard in its ICT deploiyment, but
Microsoft has been able to convince a growing number of Malaysian
IT companies and independent software vendors (ISVs) to incorporate
OpenXML into their offerings..."
Matusow's Blog: There Are NO Intellectual Property Rights
Issues with Open XML
"One of the interesting pieces of FUD floating around out there
about Open XML is that there are IP issues with it and that is why
countries should reconsider yes votes etc. etc. This is a factually
wrong line of logic, and one that has been perpetuated throughout
the process because most people a) don't have a law degree and b)
don't want to take the time to think about--so it is easier to
assume the worst..."