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[News] Possible Coming Defeat for Microsoft OOXML

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Document doldrums for Microsoft

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| Kuscus also said that ISO standards are meant to be resolved by consensus 
| wherever possible but that at the ballot resolution meeting only 67 of 1027 
| issues raised around the standard were discussed, which undermined possible 
| consensus.   
| The third objection is that despite obligation to publish a final version of 
| the standard within a month of the meeting it is almost two months since the 
| ballot resolution meeting and no standard has been published, suggesting the 
| OOXML format is indeed too complicated.    


Frankly Speaking: 'Office' politics and the XML file format fight

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| OK, try to follow this: Microsoft has spent the past two years slamming its 
| Open XML file format through the process to make it an international 
| standard. Along the way, there's been arm-twisting, committee-packing, 
| bribery and other chicanery. But by last week, Microsoft was one step away 
| from success.    
| And that's when Microsoft adopted a competing standard.
| Sound crazy? Sure -- until you learn that Microsoft's own products don't 
| actually conform to the standard that Microsoft has been twisting arms to 
| pass. And that the competing standard, the OpenDocument format (ODF), will 
| actually be easier to add to Microsoft Office than Open XML would be.   


That "bribery," as even Computer World calls it, will bring heavy fines.


South Africa Files Official Appeal Re OOXML - OOXML in Limbo Now

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| I wonder if this is why Microsoft suddenly decided to support ODF, to avoid
| being shut out completely pending the appeal. Might other national bodies be
| considering doing the same thing? Stay tuned.
| [...]
| So. OOXML is not currently an official standard? I think that is what this
| means. It will take months, at least, I believe, to resolve this. So, to me
| the ODF support announcement by Microsoft yesterday suddenly makes sense. I
| wrote a bit about the appeal process here, if you want to review it. In the
| immortal words of Yogi Berra, it ain't over till it's over.


Microsoft sees slide in profits


Is Microsoft Aura Fading?

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| Yesterday's early relief rally reversed, and Microsoft's value has now fallen
| by more than $30 billion since it unveiled its bid for Yahoo on February 1.
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Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.
| [...]
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term
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| revenue significantly."


Vista Blues Weakens Microsoft's Influence On Software Market

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| That was evident in how Microsoft's client division third-quarter sales,
| which includes the XP and Vista operating system, fell 24% compared with the
| year earlier period. Although the decline was expected because of a one-off
| revenue gain of around $1.6 billion in the year-earlier quarter, client
| revenues were lower than analysts expected.

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