OOXML: A Microsoft 'marketing tool'

The developer of XML and a former ISO committee chair have both claimed that Microsoft was interested in having Office Open XML accredited as an international standard in order to forward the company's wider interests. Tim Bray, the writer of XML, wrote in his blog on Thursday that Microsoft pushed for its Office Open XML […]

The developer of XML and a former ISO committee chair have both claimed that Microsoft was interested in having Office Open XML accredited as an international standard in order to forward the company's wider interests.

Tim Bray, the writer of XML, wrote in his blog on Thursday that Microsoft pushed for its Office Open XML (OOXML) standard to be accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) so that the software giant could use the accreditation as a "marketing tool".

However, now that Microsoft OOXML has been ratified as an international standard -- ISO/IEC 29500 -- Bray said that Microsoft would be unlikely to participate in the ongoing review process of the standard in any major capacity.

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