Microsoft's ISO win may worsen antitrust woes - Linux

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    ....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.

    [The EC sent a letter to all the national ISO bodies...]

    "In your opinion, have there been any irregularities or attempts to
    influence the debate or vote on the ECMA 376 proposal as regards your
    organisation?

    [This type of letter used to gather info in antitrust cases, used
    previously in Microsoft antitrust case...]

    One ISO official from Norway has already spoken of "serious
    irregularities" in the voting process.

    [Norway changed its vote, No->Yes...official says 80% of Norwegian
    committee opposed to OOXML]

    "Even if the votes were legitimately won - which I doubt - OOXML is
    not an open standard because it isn't fully implemented on competing
    platforms, and its future shape is subject purely to Microsoft's
    control," according to Vinje [legal counsel in previous Microsoft
    antitrust case]....

    Confusingly, the Office Open XML format being assessed by the ISO "is
    not what Microsoft implements in the Office suite," Vinje said, adding
    that "If you implement OOXML, you don't get interoperability with
    Office."

    "ISO status for OOXML is certainly not the end of the story for the
    Commission's antitrust case," he said.


    http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/...25741F003379BD

  2. Re: Microsoft's ISO win may worsen antitrust woes

    Yes, Einstein, right. No go back doing whathever idiots do.

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