How Microsoft lost the office file format battle

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How Microsoft lost the office file format battle

Postby rockingmtranch » Fri May 30, 2008 12:41 pm

When MS announced that SP2 for Office 2007 would support ODF and not OOXML, it suffered defeat at its own hands.
Neil McAllister (InfoWorld)

Score one for the good guys: Last week, Microsoft announced that not only would Office 2007 Service Pack 2 support the ODF (Open Document Format) standard, but the productivity suite would not offer support for the ISO standard version of Microsoft's own OOXML (Office Open XML) format until its next major version, release date unknown.

The move is sure to please some customers, particularly in government agencies in the US and around the world, who have been clamoring for an open, standards-based document format. For Microsoft, however, it should be seen as nothing less than a defeat, after a protracted and often bitter rivalry between the competing document standards.

How could OOXML have gone so wrong? If we take Microsoft at its word that its goals include greater interoperability and transparency, we can only chalk this disaster up to plain blundering. From its inception, OOXML has been a textbook example of how not to develop an open standard.

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