ISO Takes Full Charge of Open XML, Sets Up ‘Harmonization’ Group

“We can’t call it ‘Office Open XML’ anymore, because it no
longer belongs to Microsoft Office exclusively. As of yesterday,
International Organization for Standardization committee SC 34
passed a resolution that effectively assumes stewardship of Open
XML, the document format standard originally produced by Microsoft,
and which is now officially under new management.

“‘The passage of ISO/IEC 29500 has instituted a new era of
standards activity in SC 34 related to document formats,’ reads the
text of one of 20 resolutions considered by SC 34 this week, and
whose passage was formally announced yesterday…”

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