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IBM, Google's Secret Love for OOXML: Truth or Troll?

Jan 22, 2008, 19:00 (3 Talkback[s])

All About Microsoft:IBM, Google Quietly Supporting OOXML?

"In spite of their public opposition to Microsoft's attempt to get the ISO standardization nod for its Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, IBM and Google quietly are supporting OOXML.

"That's according to two blog postings from the end of last week by Microsoft execs involved in the OOXML vs. Open Document Format (ODF) standards battle..."

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An Antic Disposition: The Standard Trolls

"Well, let's look at the 'evidence' Microsoft points to and try to make some sense of it.

"First up we have the Lotus Symphony support forums, where in response to a question from a user about Office 2007 support, 'supportadmin3' replied 'Great idea Robert!!! I will submit your feature request to the proper team...Thanks!'

"I don't know what to say about that. It is a sign of fanciful desperation to turn the courtesy of 'supportadmin3' into a statement of IBM support for OOXML. It is bizarre that anyone would portray this as more than courtesy.

"What else do you have...?"

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