Microsoft New Doc Format Wins OK, Sparks Debate

Law360, New York (April 3, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An international standards-setting body pushed past monopoly concerns on Wednesday and agreed to use Microsoft Corp.'s new open-source Office file format, but the company's critics called foul on the voting process.

The Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization said that Microsoft had managed to persuade a number of states that voted against its standard, OOXML, in September – including Denmark, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Thanks to the final March vote, OOXML has the ISO 29500 label, which makes it “a standard for word-processing documents, presentations...
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