EU investigation into Open XML vote still ongoing

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| The effort stems from a complaint lodged by anti-Microsoft lobbying group
| ECIS (European Commission for Interoperable Systems). The Commission said in
| January that it is exploring whether the Open XML file formats are
| sufficiently interoperable with competitors' products.
| The Wall Street Journal in February reported that the investigation had
| started.
| In a letter seen by CNET, European regulators queried the national
| standards body in Norway to gain details into the local standardization
| process. Specifically, the European Commission sought information on attempts
| to influence the debate or vote over the standards proposal.
| In response, Standards Norway said there was heated debate but not
| any "inappropriate behavior that endangered our process," according to a
| document seen by CNET

Lots of damage done to Microsoft's image and legal status:

What the OOXML fiasco can teach us

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| Microsoft's promises about changing its skin (becoming more "open") fit this
| patterm very well. But after the company, using methods that can only be
| described as dubious, muscled through its Office Open XML document format as
| an ISO standard, no-one will ever be able to claim that it has changed in any
| way since it was set up in 1975.
| It has always used tactics like this - winning is important and it doesn't
| matter how one does it. There are plenty of promises at the start but then
| when it comes down to the knuckle-duster stage, the ugly side of Redmond
| manifests itself and it's a win-at-all-costs game. After that, we get pious
| statements.

[Sarcasm] Congrats to the OOXML Team!

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| Thanks Microsoft, for demonstrating just how far you are willing to go to get
| your way in the marketplace. Having determined that your format could not be
| approved on technical merit, you blatantly gamed the ISO system to push it
| through anyway. Good for you.
| Now you have given the world a standard that is cumbersome, possibly broken,
| and very likely not really open enough to be used by any company other than
| its author. Congratulations!
| Because now, like it or not, you will ultimately be held responsible for your
| actions. Entire nations are looking askance at this standard and your
| practices. Very soon, I believe, entire nations are going to start looking
| for alternatives to your brand of software lock-in, as they discover just
| how "good" OOXML really is.


EU Initiates Investigation Against Microsoft OOXML Push

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| But with Steve Ballmer taking over as CEO, there was supposed to be a kinder,
| gentler Microsoft - one that would play nicely with its competitors. *When
| antitrust regulators in turn challenged this new Microsoft, it issued not
| challenges to fight to the end to prove that it had done nothing illegal, but
| statements promising to "cooperate fully." * *
| But at the same time, Microsoft is still a tough competitor. *As Microsoft's
| Director of Corporate Standards Jason Matusow famously warned at his blog
| last year: *
| * * Make no mistake; all parties are looking at the full picture to find
| * * strategies that will result in the outcome they desire. Provided - of
| * * course - that they do so within the context of the rules that apply to
| * * the process, this is exactly what one should expect to happen. It is
| * * going to be a very interesting next few months. * *
| Indeed, the months that followed proved to be interesting indeed. *Microsoft
| said that some of its employees became over zealous, most flagrantly in
| Sweden, where marketing assists were promised to several business partners as
| incentives to join the national standards committee and vote for OOXM. *

EU Commission Investigating Microsoft's MSOOXML Push

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| I hope they think to investigate the smear campaigns that seem to always
| happen to anyone on the other side from Microsoft. What happened to Peter
| Quinn was by no means unique. *

Corrupt countries were more likely to support the OOXML document format

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| Is this just a random coincidence? The median of the CPI index of the above
| mentioned 70 countries is 3.95. Of the most corrupted half (CPI index less
| than 3.95) 23 or 77% voted for approval (approval or approval with comments)
| and 7 or 23% for disapproval; 5 abstained. Of the least corrupted half (CPI
| index more than 3.95) 13 or 54% voted for approval and 11 or 46% voted for
| disapproval; 11 abstained - see the table below. * * *

Microsoft accused of more OOXML standards fiddling

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| However the 11 new countries are refusing to say how they will vote. These
| include Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ecuador, Jamaica, Lebanon, Malta, Pakistan,
| Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay and Venezuela. Most people seem to think
| that these have been put there by Vole to make sure the standard gets pushed
| through. * *