Microsoft OOXML vs. ODF

From February 25 to 29 in Geneva, the next step in the seemingly never-ending show-down over whether Microsoft’s Office Open XML document format should be granted ISO standard status is taking place.Microsoft is interested in gaining ISO’s approval for OOXML so that it can tout the format as being “open” and “standard-compliant” — two criteria […]

From February 25 to 29 in Geneva, the next step in the seemingly never-ending show-down over whether Microsoft’s Office Open XML document format should be granted ISO standard status is taking place.

Microsoft is interested in gaining ISO’s approval for OOXML so that it can tout the format as being “open” and “standard-compliant” — two criteria that a growing number of business and government customers are requiring when purchasing software. Many of Microsoft’s competitors have been agitating against Microsoft receiving ISO standards approval for a variety of reasons. Many Microsoft competitors are hoping that failure to gain ISO standardization for Office will give them a way to better chip away at Microsoft’s 90+ percent desktop office-suite marketshare.

The week-long “DIS-29500 Ballot Resolution Meeting” (BRM) won’t culminate with a final vote this week. Insead, the delegates attending the meeting will have until March 29 to vote yes, no or abstain on Microsoft’s bid to get OOXML fast-tracked as an ISO standard.

Here’s a summary of what will/won’t — or perhaps I should say should/shouldn’t — happen this week for those following along at home.

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