India Rejects Microsoft's OOXML Format Swapnil Bhartiya, EFY News Network
(Thursday, March 20, 2008 3:33:23 PM)
The BIS Committee has rejected the OOXML format.
Thursday, March 20, 2008: The BIS LITD 15 Committee has rejected
Microsoft's document format OOXML. According to sources, out of 19
members, five of them did not attend the meeting, one of them abstained,
five voted in favour of OOXML and the rest voted against. The meeting took
place today in Delhi at the BIS office.
Microsoft has released a statement which says, "While we are disappointed
with the decision of the BIS LITD 15 committee, we are very encouraged by
the support of IT industry players like NASSCOM, TCS, Wipro and Infosys
who voted in favour of Open XML becoming an ISO standard. Further, the
Indian government, industry stalwarts and trade bodies have supported
multiple standards and technology neutrality. We will therefore continue
to work with the government to address any concerns they may have and to
achieve its stated goal of technology neutrality. We are committed to
working towards what is best for the Indian IT industry."
The statement is contradictory in itself where Microsoft is talking about
neutrality. The European Union (EU) has worked really hard to neutralise
most of Microsoft's antics. Microsoft's openness seems less out of desire
and more out of growing power of FOSS movement and legal pressure by the
EU. Neelie Kroes, Competition Commissioner, EU said last month, "Today,
the European Commission has imposed a substantial fine, to be precise
€899 million ($1.35 billion), on Microsoft for its non-compliance up
until 27 October 2007 with its obligations under the Commission's March
2004 decision to provide interoperability information on reasonable terms."
Total penalties against Microsoft now stand tall at around $2.5 billion.