Two More Challenges To Microsoft Office: Glide And ThinkFree

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| When Microsoft completely redesigned Office 2007, rendering it completely
| unfamiliar to even the most experienced users, it opened a door for a number
| of alternatives -- some of them online. And while Google and Zoho are the
| names that most people are familiar with when it comes to online office
| applications (check out our review Google Vs. Zoho: Can Either Replace
| Microsoft Office?), there are other -- perhaps better -- services out there.

Some OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting comments

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| The final fate of OOXML will not be decided at the meeting, just the
| production of a disposition of comments report. After that, and this is where
| it gets funky, the original voting countries will have 30 days to decide if
| they want to change their votes from what they cast this last summer. So
| expect the supporter(s) of OOXML to go all out in March to try to get the
| many NO votes to become ABSTAINs or YESes.
| That said, I really expect this thing to drag out for a long, long time
| through 2008.


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?

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. *

OOXML does not buy its way in Italy

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| Particularly noteworthy is the fact that among those favouring the adoption
| of the standard without reservation a large majority is made of business
| partners of the proposing entity [Microsoft], a law firm retained by the
| latter, the official certified business partners association of the proposing
| entity. * *

Guest Commentary: The converter hoax

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| Microsoft maintains that while it would have been easy to support the Open
| Document Format (ODF) natively, it had to move to MS-OOXML because this was
| the only way for them to offer the full features of its office suite. But if
| Microsoft itself is not able to represent its internal data structures in the
| Open Document Format (ODF) in its Microsoft Office suite, how could an
| external conversion program from MS-OOXML accomplish this task? The answer to
| both questions is that it is not possible because two things cannot be the
| same and different at the same time.