Microsoft Office 2010 offers 'ballot screen' to stop EU antitrust probe

Microsoft made several changes to the Release Candidate of Office 2010. One change in particular “prompts users whether they want to use Office Open XML (OOXML) or OpenDocument (ODF) document formats (Office 2010 beta didn’t include the ballot screen).” Microsoft announced the ballot screen prompt plans for Office 2010 in August 2009, and issued a […]

Microsoft made several changes to the Release Candidate of Office 2010. One change in particular “prompts users whether they want to use Office Open XML (OOXML) or OpenDocument (ODF) document formats (Office 2010 beta didn’t include the ballot screen).” Microsoft announced the ballot screen prompt plans for Office 2010 in August 2009, and issued a "Public Undertaking" which documented the changes Microsoft agreed to make to Office 2010. "Beginning with the release of Office 14 (Office 2010), end users that purchase Microsoft’s Primary PC Productivity Applications in the EEA in both the OEM and retail channel will be prompted in an unbiased way to select default file format (from options that include ODF) for those applications upon the first boot of any one of them," read part of the statement in August 2009.