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Microsoft's Great Besmirching

Mar 31, 2008, 18:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

"I have been covering Microsoft for over 25 years--I've even written a few books about Windows. During that time, I've developed a certain respect for a company that just doesn't give up, and whose ability to spin surpasses even that of politicians. To be sure, Microsoft has crossed the line several times, but it has always worked within the system, however much it has attempted to use it for its own ends. No more: in the course of trying to force OOXML through the ISO fast-track process, it has finally gone further and attacked the system itself; in the process it has destroyed the credibility of the ISO, with serious knock-on consequences for the whole concept of open standards.

"Of course, all companies try to bend the rules in the their favour, and it would be unfair to pick on Microsoft for doing the same..."

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