Microsoft Tech Ed 2007: OpenXML

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| He was asked "Why did Microsoft push OOXML through the "Fast Track" process
| instead of the standard ISO process? Wouldn't they get less resistance than
| faced now?"
| His response was very frank: "Office is a USD$10 billion revenue generator
| for the company. When ODF was made an ISO standard, Microsoft had to react
| quickly as certain governments have procurement policies which prefer ISO
| standards. Ecma and OASIS are 'international standards', but ISO is the
| international 'Gold Standard'. Microsoft therefore had to rush this standard
| through. Its a simple matter of commercial interests!"


Microsoft corruption in Uruguay:


Evidence of Microsoft Influencing OOXML Votes in Nordic States

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| "This is how a standard is bought," Bosson wrote later. "I left the meeting
| in protest - pissed off."

More here:

Microsoft Memo to Partners in Sweden Surfaces: Vote Yes for OOXML - Updated

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| He acknowledges that the rules might need to be changed.

The OOXML Problem

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| Another thing, by introducing a "new fancy" document format, MS can hold a
| tighter grip round existing customers and get more on the false pretence that
| they've "opened up". *

Rejecting OOXML

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| All the CIOs say they want is XML documents; unfortunately they aren't as
| aware as Georg Greve, above, that Microsoft's implementation of XML is
| exceedingly half-hearted. *