Microsoft’s Secretive Standards Orgs in Former Yugoslavia

“After the International Organization for Standardization voted
to reject Microsoft’s Office Open XML document format as a
standard, the detailed results from ISO member countries give us a
lot of material to analyze. Votes from Southeastern Europe and
former Yugoslavia countries showed Microsoft’s domination of that
market, and especially good connections with authorities because
the most of national standardization bodies voted Yes with no

“Romania and Bulgaria, members of European Union, together with
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia, gave a green light for
Microsoft’s format, with comments from Bulgaria. In this story, we
take a look at the decision processes and reactions in those