Big Loss for Open Documents

Microsoft has prevailed in its campaign to get an international technical body to accept its so-called open document standard, Office Open XML, as the international standard. The decision has been bitterly opposed by open-source advocates and consumer groups for strengthening Microsoft’s dominance over computer desktop software and impeding consumer choice, innovation and competition. Critics charge that there were irregularities in the ISO vote, including Microsoft pressure on certain countries to change their votes at the last minute. A consumer group called the