Microsoft claims OOXML standards win
International standards body ISO is expected to announce the formal adoption of the Microsoft-backed OOXML document standard today but already the news of Microsoft’s victory is filtering through.
Microsoft has claimed in a press release that it had secured victory in the battle for accreditation saying its OOXML standard has won support from 86 percent of all national voting bodies. The company needed 75 percent to secure OOXML’s place as a global standard. The numbers appear to be corroborated by various sources that cite similar outcomes.
In the ongoing battle for the standard, South Africa voted no in the final round, along with a handful of other countries including Canada, China, India and New Zealand.
Ubuntu Linux founder and Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth said in an interview with ZDNet that the adoption of OOXML was a “sad” day for the ISO and computing in general.
“It’s sad that the ISO was not willing to admit that its process was failing horribly,” he said, noting that Microsoft intensely lobbied many countries that traditionally have not participated in ISO and stacked technical committees with Microsoft employees, solution providers and resellers sympathetic to OOXML. “When you have a process built on trust and when that trust is abused, [ISO] should halt the process.”
The final results of the ISO vote are expected to be released today.