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Jan 15, 2008, 16:45 (2 Talkback[s])

An Antic Disposition: You Are Here

"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..."

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Computerworld Australia: Microsoft's OOXML: The No Vote

[ Thanks to Bergkamp10 for this link. ]

"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 standard.

"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..."

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PC Pro: OOXML "Outstrips ODF," Claims Analysts

"Microsoft's OOXML document format will win out over its open-source ODF competitor, says a new report from the Burton Group.

"'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 complicated..."

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ZDNet Asia: OOXML Gains Some Favor in Malaysia

"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..."

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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..."

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