Why Microsoft Deserved to Lose the OOXML Standards Vote

“Microsoft lost its bid to fast track its Office Open XML
(OOXML) file-format specification. (It’s next-to-impossible to tell
from Microsoft’s press release announcing ‘Global Support for Open
XML as It Enters Final Phase of ISO Standards Process,’ but it did

“As readers of this blog know, I believe that the world is big
enough for multiple file-format specifications. I don’t think the
Open Document Format (ODF) deserves to be the only format
sanctioned as an ‘open standard.’ That said, I also believe
Microsoft deserved to lose this vote. Why…?”