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[News] Google Rebuts Microsoft Office FUD from Burton Group, ISO Fiasco Continues

  • Subject: [News] Google Rebuts Microsoft Office FUD from Burton Group, ISO Fiasco Continues
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2007 11:49:51 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Google denies its Apps just a Microsoft Office add-on

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| Google staff don't like the suggestion that their own employees depend mostly 
| on Microsoft Office even as Google Apps makes headway into the enterprise 
| collaboration and e-mail market.  


Does the money trail lead to Microsoft. There's no telling who funded this
study, which is one among several that came out recently (also anti-ODF and
anti-Linux, from IDC). Speaking of 'buying' someone's approval:

No fasttrack for OOXML but ISO secretary continues to blunder!

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| The sad news is however that the ISO secretary blunders again. Despite the 
| NO, ISO will have a Board Resolution Meeting in February. A BRM is basically 
| a meeting where the ISO discusses the comments raised by the voting members 
| and sees how it can satisfy these comments.   


The world's biggest populations say no (see below), but the ISO is moved by the
money, or by countries that are moved by the Microsoft Money Machine.


This Just In: China Votes "No with Comments" on OOXML

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| It's also interesting in that a large degree of public participation figured 
| into the decision.  For example, there is this on-line poll site, qwhich 
| allows anyone to log on to indicate how they thought China should vote on 
| OOXML.  As of this moment, the voting was running 92.31% (8294 out of 8985 
| votes cast) against approval.    


India not for MS-backed Open XML as standard

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| The debate between the standards for the electronic documents — OXML and Open 
| Document Format (ODF) became heated over the last few weeks, splitting the IT 
| industry over the issue. The ODF standard is being supported by Sun, IBM and 
| Red Hat amongst others. Simply put, standards are technical specifications 
| that permit developers of software, hardware, and services to make and 
| distribute products that would work with one another within a given context.     


OOXML: Brazil Says NO

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| After a very difficult and inconclusive meeting in ABNT (Brazilian Technical 
| Standards Organization) office last Tuesday, the standards process director 
| had to analyze the audio recording of all the meeting, review some facts, 
| review again all 63+2 comments produced by the technical group about the ECMA 
| specification, and conclude that a NO for OOXML is the correct position for 
| Brazil in ISO Fast Track process.     


Malaysia formally embraces open doc format

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| The Malaysian government today announced plans to adopt open standards and 
| the Open Document Format (ODF) within the country's public sector. 
| [...]
| In July this year, Japan became the first country in the Asia-Pacific region 
| to embrace open software standards. Last August, the United Nations urged 
| countries in the region to adopt the ODF.  


Government of Japan Embraces Open Software Standards

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| The OpenDocument Format Alliance (ODF Alliance), the leading organization 
| advocating for openness and accessibility to government documents and 
| information, today congratulated Japan for adopting a policy under which 
| government ministries and agencies will solicit bids from software vendors 
| whose products support internationally recognized open standards.    


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