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[News] ODF Wins? Office 2007 Won't Support OOXML, Pressure from EC for Microsoft to Embrace ODF

  • Subject: [News] ODF Wins? Office 2007 Won't Support OOXML, Pressure from EC for Microsoft to Embrace ODF
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 08:44:14 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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ODF Wins the Office Document Format War?

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| Exactly why Microsoft is backpedaling its support for OOXML is not known. But 
| open standards maven Andy Updegrove blogs that it may have something to do 
| with Microsoft's current regulatory troubles in Europe and with the standards 
| bodies that now govern OOXML. It appears likely that Microsoft actually can't 
| implement a fully-compliant version of the standard just yet.    


Office 2007 won't support ISO's OOXML

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| For customers expecting an ISO-conformant Office Open XML (OOXML) in 
| Microsoft Office, the wait will continue: Microsoft will not implement the 
| standardized version of its own document format until Office 14 ships. 
| Meanwhile, a service pack due in 2009 is expected to expand the formats 
| supported by Office 2007.    


Force Microsoft to Support ODF, Group Asks EC

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| The British government's agency in charge of plotting IT usage among schools 
| has asked the European Commission to force Microsoft to offer native 
| out-of-the-box support for the Open Document Format (ODF) file standard in 
| Microsoft Office, and not just Microsoft's own OpenXML format. Without an 
| easy way to support ODF in Office, children's education will suffer, 
| according to the complaint from the British Educational Communications and 
| Technology Agency, or Becta.      



Microsoft's ISO win may worsen its antitrust woes

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| Microsoft may have won a year-long quest to make its OOXML (Office Open XML) 
| document format an ISO-recognized international standard, but claims of foul 
| play in the voting process may come back to haunt the software giant when the 
| European Commission concludes its latest antitrust investigation of 
| Microsoft's business practices.    


New OOXML Scandal - A Leaked Email Surfaces in France - Updated: New Details
from Norway

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| Le Monde Informatique and LeMagIT are reporting on a leaked email from Marc 
| Meyer of the French government agency, DGME, which urges that OOXML be 
| quickly added to the official list of formats that can be used by government 
| entities, a document titled RGI, and then the finalized v1.0 of RGI be 
| quickly published, in effect locking in OOXML, before the appeals process is 
| completed. The email and the media reports indicate that the RGI was put on a 
| back burner last October, when ODF was already on the list, and now, 
| immediately after OOXML is approved, albeit controversially, by ISO but 
| before the appeals process is complete, not to mention the format, Meyer 
| urges it quickly be added to the list of acceptable formats, hence making it 
| hard to remove OOXML from the list later, as a fait accompli.          
| Worse, the email indicates that work on the document was brought to a crawl 
| to wait for ISO approval of OOXML. ODF was already on the list when work on 
| RGI was brought to a standstill last October. There were suspicions that the 
| slowdown was deliberate, and the email is giving legs to those suspicions.   
| It seems that politics has reared its ugly head, and just as happened in 
| Masschusetts, questions are now being asked about behind-the-scenes Microsoft 
| pressure.   


Sarkozy intervenes in France to revert the OOXML position

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| Confidential sources say that President Sarkozy has intervened himself in the 
| French position on Microsoft OOXML, asking members of the committee to revert 
| their position, and support an abstention. Our sources say he was approached 
| by a lobbyist during his 3-days trip in England. The intervention has been 
| made on Friday.    

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