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internetnews.com: Microsoft Office Open XML Sparks Standards Fight

Dec 08, 2006, 13:45 (21 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hickins)

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"Ecma, an international organization that helps develop standards, has approved Office Open XML (OOXML), and will submit the standard for adoption under the International Standards Organization (ISO) process.

"This is a significant milestone for Microsoft because, if the standard is approved by ISO, it will deflect criticism that its software is not standards-based.

"The standards issue is particularly important in dealing with governments which do not let their agencies purchase software that is not standards-based..."

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