Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Google to appeal against OOXML

Microsoft's OOXML has finally passes ISO certification. However, many critics of OOXML have argued against the specification because Microsoft has failed to build in native support for ODF files, which are used by the likes of IBM, Sun Microsystems and others, into its latest Office suite. Others, meanwhile, have complained that approving OOXML as a standard would see Redmond tighten its monopolistic stranglehold on the software industry. This ISO voting has been marred by accusations of voting irregularities which are still loudly being voiced in some quarters.
Viewing this Google, which is a supporter of ODF, and some national standard bodies in Norway and elsewhere could yet try and crash the party by mounting formal appeals in an attempt to reverse the ISO's approval of OOXML.