February is a busy month.

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| Another funny thing happened. Someone had a copy of yesterday's Tech&U which
| had a feature article by one of the journalists who got a free ticket to
| Washington. The article is currently online here "Charting path of OpenXML."
| We all had a chuckle because we all saw right through it and one of the
| attendees said "This isn't an article, its a press release from a vendor!"
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http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2008...ry-is-a-b.html

RosettaNet in aggressive move to push OOXML! ... or is it Office?

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| In essence, the article title which states “RosettaNet in Aggressive Move to
| Push OOXML Tech” actually should instead read “RosettaNet in Aggressive move
| to Push Microsoft Office 2007”. And this is a fair position for RosettaNet to
| take, as Microsoft Office 2007 provides an affordable interface to
| interacting with the RosettaNet platform the the growing SME market.
|
| It is not about OOXML's special features. Its about Microsoft Office
| features. Its very similar to the Halal Hub Open XML System. OOXML is just
| tacked on for marketing purposes to lead up to this months BRM.
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http://www.openmalaysiablog.com/2008...anet-in-a.html

Microsoft gave free trips and brainwash sessions to Malaysian journalists in
January. That's because Malaysia votes "No" and Microsoft needs to poison the
press. IBM warned about this.


Related:

Linux and Windows interoperability with OpenXML

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| Now, credit where credit is due, this story didn’t come to us from our own
| keen thought processes. Rather, Microsoft expressed disappointment at our
| * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| views and said “a better story” would have been the positive benefits OpenXML
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| can bring the interoperability between different operating systems, aka
| Windows and Linux. * *
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http://www.itwire.com/content/view/14473/53/


Redmond's real motive for pushing Open XML

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| What a waste. And what a betrayal of trust.
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http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/...2573560004F188


Microsoft Loses, Spins Open XML Vote

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| ISO issued a statement that makes plain what Microsoft tried to spin as a
| victory.
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http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2178917,00.asp


Microsoft FUD Watch: OOXML Edition

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| Apparently, there is more than one way to stuff the ballot box.
|
| In all my years working as a journalist, I've never seen any technology
| company spin information the way Microsoft did today. The press release on
| OOXML ratification is a blueprint for spinning semantics, and the stringing
| together of truths and half-truths to seemingly make the outcome of one event
| something else altogether.
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...129TX1K0000535


Microsoft spins OOXML loss as a win

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| Microsoft lost its effort to win “fast track” approval of its OOXML (which it
| calls Open XML) as an international standard, but you wouldn’t know that
| from reading much of the press coverage.
|
| * Microsoft claims global support for Open XML.
| * Microsoft reports victory in preliminary ISO ballot.
| * Microsoft takes big step toward OOXML approval.
| * Microsoft is seen winning an international standard vote.
| * Strong global support for Open XML.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1382


The results of the ISO voting: Office Open XML is Disapproved - Updated: It's
Official

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| The 11 new P signups, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon,
| Malta, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela, all
| voted to approve or approve with comments, except for Ecuador, which
| disapproved, and Trinidad and Tobago which abstained. What about the O
| members? Almost to a man, they voted to approve. What an amazing coincidence.
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http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?s...70904082606181


Why Microsoft deserved to lose the OOXML standards vote

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| 1. Lobbying is legal. But certain lobbying tactics are not. Microsoft
| officials admitted that one of the company’s employees behaved
| inappropriately in Sweden,
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=694


Lord, what fools these mortals be!

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| No kidding. Microsoft continues to steam-roll the competition, as illustrated
| by its latest attempt to ram acceptance of OOXML through ISO by the blatantly
| rigging the vote. And of course the European's really love Microsoft's
| business practices. Not. No, Microsoft has the DoJ in their hip pocket thanks
| to the "pro-business" stance of the Bush administration, and as long as
| Bu****es remain in power and the Democrats remain inept and impotent, it's
| going to stay that way. Which leaves those of use who really believe in a
| free and fair market to fend for ourselves.
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http://blogbeebe.blogspot.com/2007/0...ortals-be.html