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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Engaged in Fraudulent Tricks in Denmark and Norway As Well

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Engaged in Fraudulent Tricks in Denmark and Norway As Well
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 16:11:18 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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ISO boards face OOXML deadline pressure 

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| In Denmark, a source reportedly said that Microsoft pressured him to send an 
| expression of support to Dansk Standard, the Danish standards board. By 
| Groklaw's translation, Version2 reported: "'If I had not sent in a positive 
| comment, it would have had consequences for our relations with Microsoft', he 
| says. Our source points to e.g. leads, support and seminars as areas that 
| might be jeopardised if 'he did not behave'."     
| The Danish MP reportedly wants assurance that only technical factors were 
| considered by Dansk Standard and that political or economic influences were 
| not brought to bear.  
| Also, a member of the Danish parliament has reportedly lodged a pointed 
| question with a government minister as to whether the government has had any 
| contact with Dansk Standard with regard to the ISO vote on OOXML.  
| In Norway, Microsoft apparently mounted an astroturfing campaign against the 
| Norwegian standards body Standard Norge. Out of 59 comments received by 
| Standard Norge, 37 were a Vole form letter that many of its Norwegian 
| business partners didn't even bother to sign before sending them in.   



Microsoft Hires Programmer to edit Wikipedia Entry For OOXML


Microsoft Looks for the Big Guns in OOXML In-Fighting

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| Bill Gates has reportedly been making phone calls to the Secretary of Defense 
| and the Secretary of Commerce to push the American National Standards 
| Institute to ignore the votes of its advisory committees and vote "yes" on 
| ISO standardizing Microsoft's Open Office XML (OOXML) format, the one in 
| competition with the OpenDocument Format (ODF) pushed by IBM and Sun.    
| Gates reportedly picked up the phone when the last INCITS ballot failed by 
| one vote to support Microsoft. 


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| Everyone is in the same boat with this: KOffice, Corel, Google, IBM, anyone 
| who has applications that work with Microsoft documents. We’re all faced with 
| the prospect of significant expenses to rewrite our file format support with 
| no net benefit to our customers. This is the toll we all must pay to 
| Microsoft just for the ability to fight for the scraps their monopoly may 
| leave behind. If Microsoft jerks their format around, we all must run and 
| chase after it, reallocating resources away from feature work, becoming in 
| the process less competitive in the marketplace, while Microsoft forges ahead 
| with new features. They can easily repeat this game every few years, just to 
| keep competitors busy. This is what a death spiral looks like.         
| Giving absolute control of a standard document format to a monopolist that is 
| notorious for abusing their control of file formats in the past is insanity. 
| It doesn’t take a Sherlock Holmes to figure that out.   


IBM is still locked out of the Portuguese OOXML meeting

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| In spite of various communications, we [IBM] are still locked out and will 
| not be allowed to participate. Microsoft will be there, as well as a special 
| Microsoft guest, as will various Microsoft business partners, and others.  


Microsoft is Outmuscling OOXML Opposition in Spain

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| The Andalusian Government has reported recently the manipulation of Microsoft 
| in the National Technical Committee 71 of AENOR. On July 10th, just the day 
| before the one and only meeting of AENOR to study DIS 29500 and vote on it, 
| Microsoft announced officially (via the secretary of the Committee) that that 
| Andalusian Government and several other Spanish public entities were asking 
| for the approval of ISO DIS 29500 (what finally resulted all a fake!).     


Packing The Court At The ISO?

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|      ...P member countries ('participating member' countries) sending 
|     representatives, and I am interested to note the majority of
|     their representatives are, as individuals, also Microsoft employees.
| [...]
| How can they not see that OOXML (ECMA 376) is unwanted by anyone outside of 
| Microsoft? How about it Brian Jones? Are you really so desperate that you
| have to resort to that?


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