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Sep022008

Microsoft decision to dismiss appeals sparks dissent amid ISO members

A decision to dismiss appeals against the controversial fast-track approval of a Microsoft document format has provoked six members of global standards-setting body ISO to question ISO’s relevance.

Brazil, India, South Africa and Venezuela — countries with fast-growing IT markets — had appealed against ISO’s stamp of approval for Microsoft Office Open XML (OOXML), an endorsement likely to help the software giant win more public-sector contracts.

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