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  • State of Massachusetts want to protect consumers againt the giant it the start of a change?

    Even as millions of dollars worth of Office business hangs in the balance, Microsoft says it will not support the OpenDocument format likely to be adopted by the state of Massachusetts this month as its standard XML format.
    By Paula Rooney 
    "Desktop software that supports OpenDocument and PDF in the future is acceptable; Microsoft's proprietary XML formats are not," Eric Kriss, Secretary of Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, told CRN during an telephone interview Friday.
    Microsoft Blasts Massachusetts' New XML Policy at

  • Microsoft Australia has come under fire from rival vendors and open-source advocates for keeping its Office document standards proprietary.

    Greg Stone, Microsoft's national technology officer for Australia and New Zealand, faced the criticism during his presentation at the Australian Unix User Group's Open Computing in Government conference in Canberra. However, he stood firm on the company's policy of making the XML schemas for its Office 2003 document standard publicly available provided interested parties sign an agreement with the software heavyweight. More at ZDnet

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    Microsoft Open XML has been approved by ISO, corruption and
    money talk in action! Irregularities during the vote are popping up

    "Microsoft's embattled Office Open XML document format received
    ISO fast-track approval after receiving support from approximately
    86 percent of the national bodies that participated in the vote. ISO approval will be broadly perceived as a sign of validation for the document format which has received widespread criticism from
    technical experts and standards advocacy groups.
    " read more HERE

    From the Washington Post
    "Even if the votes were legitimately won , which I doubt , OOXML is not an open standard because it isn't
    fully implemented on competing platforms, and its future shape is subject purely to Microsoft's control,"
    "Confusingly, the Office Open XML format being assessed by the ISO "is not what Microsoft implements in
    the Office suite," Vinje said, adding that "If you implement OOXML, you don't get interoperability with Office."

    Groklaw (an award-winning website that covers legal news of interest to the free and open-source software
    community)&160; is maintaining a page resuming the whole battle ODF/ISO/Open XML

    So basically we are now stuck worldwide with a standard running only on windows and that has a custom XML
    which is everything else than a real XML that you will be able to edit WITHOUT Office! if you want to test it
    and see it on your own, go to&160; OOXML is defective by design

    The only way to resist is to refuse creating Open XML pptx, docx file and use this
    translator Sun ODF Plugin for Microsoft Officefor creating REAL open format document.

    The process of standardization of Open XML is available also in WikiPedia