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"Microsoft's embattled Office Open XML document format received ISO fast-track approval after receiving support from approximately 86 percent of the national bodies that participated in the vote. ISO approval will be broadly perceived as a sign of validation for the document format which has received widespread criticism from technical experts and standards advocacy groups." read more HERE
From the Washington Post "Even if the votes were legitimately won , which I doubt , OOXML is not an open standard because it isn't fully implemented on competing platforms, and its future shape is subject purely to Microsoft's control," [...] "Confusingly, the Office Open XML format being assessed by the ISO "is not what Microsoft implements in the Office suite," Vinje said, adding that "If you implement OOXML, you don't get interoperability with Office."
Groklaw (an award-winning website that covers legal news of interest to the free and open-source software community)&160; is maintaining a page resuming the whole battle ODF/ISO/Open XML
So basically we are now stuck worldwide with a standard running only on windows and that has a custom XML which is everything else than a real XML that you will be able to edit WITHOUT Office! if you want to test it and see it on your own, go to&160; OOXML is defective by design
A good article with a lot of points against OOXML, and why this file format MUST BE REJECTED by the ISO National Bodies. Microsoft’s position is hardening as the ISO vote on OOXML (DIS 29500) in Geneva approaches at the end of this month. We know more clearly now how Microsoft and its proxy group, ECMA, will position Microsoft’s OOXML specification in advance of the vote. In short, Microsoft is betting that its influence with National Bodies will allow it …
"Windows Live Messenger goes beyond the traditional instant messaging (IM) service, enabling people to connect and share, with free PC-to-PC calls and inexpensive calls from a PC to phones around the world, video calling, easy sharing with Sharing Folders, and more. "it use a highly proprietary protocol, that has been reversed engineered in many opensource variant. If you want to use all advanced features, you will be disapointed by open source IM...As soon as You install MSN Live, your desktop …
Vista Transformation Pack will give to your Windows XP system the new and cool look of Microsoft's future operating system: Windows Vista. Prooving one more time, that with the right bunch of software (existing since years like windowsblind skinning, Yahoo widget) Vista is nothing more more than Windows Xp after a lifting...Download Here …
Hilarious...."George Ou writes in his blog that he found a remote exploit for the new and shiny Vista Speech Control. Specifically, websites playing soundfiles can trigger arbitrary commands. Ou reports that Microsoft confirmed the bug and suggested as workarounds that either 'A user can turn off their computer speakers and/or microphone'; or, 'If a user does run an audio file that attempts to execute commands on their system, they should close the Windows Media Player, turn off speech recognition, and …
The Specification of both format are currently being reviewed, OpenXML is containing a lot of details about Office features bugs (sorry any developer can not call them differently). Extract of the OpenXMl specifications are popping up on the web, one site is trying to bring a view on the problem. "The Open XML specification comes in 5 different PDF files with an 6 accompanying electronic annexes in excess of 43 megabytes. For comparison the ODF specification is a single 11 …
Schwartz slams Microsoft-Novell deal" Sun boss Jonathan Schwartz has joined in criticism of the Microsoft-Novell deal, saying it is bad for the open source movement." Samba slams 'unacceptable' Novell-Microsoft deal"Samba developers have slammed the Microsoft-Novell deal reached earlier this month, calling it "unacceptable" and warning that it may cause significant damage to the open source community."It's all about patent protection, but ironicaly, Microsoft is not going to sue anyone over patents. Microsoft execs know that if they did this the …