“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” –Marie Curie
An anonymous reader contributes the following piece of analysis.
Microsoft benefits from standard bodies, then breaks/drops the standards
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It reminds me too much of the way Microsoft has recently used ECMA in order to advance their competing office format and tried to avoid/derail adoption of the (truly) open standard already approved by ISO: ODF/ISO26300.
Mind the following previous coverages of ours:
- Even Microsoft Might Not Obey That Broken OOXML
- Early Signs of Danger: Microsoft Already Fighting to Steal the Web
We have covered Microsoft’s perversion of Web standards many times before and Novell’s role in this mess is made most apparent because of their Silverlight support. They lend Microsoft a hand and essentially serve as a GPL proxy at the same time.
When it comes to ‘extension’ and corruption of well-established consensus, it’s not just the Web, let alone OOXML. Think about HD/JPEG. As we have argued in the past, Microsoft will possibly have MS-DRM ‘addons’ as soon as this direction suits its financial interests. The same goes for XPS, so let’s keep our eyes open.