Microsoft Reports Victory in Preliminary ISO Ballot for Office Open XML

“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

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