02.08.08

OOXML Abuses: Making Room for Antitrust Regulators

Posted in Antitrust, Bill Gates, Europe, Fraud, FUD, Microsoft, Open XML, Standard, Steve Ballmer at 11:06 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

“There won’t be anything we won’t say to people to try and convince them that our way is the way to go.”

Bill Gates (Microsoft’s CEO at the time)

Yesterday we wrote about the European Commission's decision to investigate Microsoft’s fraudulent activities in pursuit of ISO’s rubber stamp for OOXML.

This investigation is well overdue. The EC seems slow to respond. The same goes for its investigation of Silverlight because complaints from the industry were first filed over a year ago. Why is action being taken when it’s already hard to reverse the deeds? Regardless, several of the sites which have OOXML-related activities documented seem to be preparing for regulators to dig in. Groklaw, for example, has already set up an index page and Pamela adds:

I hope they think to investigate the smear campaigns that seem to always happen to anyone on the other side from Microsoft. What happened to Peter Quinn was by no means unique.

Peter Quinn’s story, as well as others from Massachusetts, may seem shocking. We attempted to summarise the events in Massachusetts here. It is one example among many and the smears which Pamela talks about are far from new. In fact, Bob Sutor had to change his blog comments moderation policy because of abuse. That was just a few weeks ago.

Boycott Novell has about 500 posts covering improper handling of OOXML and sabotage of ODF. The other day, Dana Blakenhorn even cited us as one among two sources (the other being noooxml.org) for studying this subject. Hopefully the writings and many pointers will prove handy.

Andy Updegrove has written about this as well. Of particular interest:

But with Steve Ballmer taking over as CEO, there was supposed to be a kinder, gentler Microsoft – one that would play nicely with its competitors. When antitrust regulators in turn challenged this new Microsoft, it issued not challenges to fight to the end to prove that it had done nothing illegal, but statements promising to “cooperate fully.”

But at the same time, Microsoft is still a tough competitor. As Microsoft’s Director of Corporate Standards Jason Matusow famously warned at his blog last year:

Make no mistake; all parties are looking at the full picture to find strategies that will result in the outcome they desire. Provided – of course – that they do so within the context of the rules that apply to the process, this is exactly what one should expect to happen. It is going to be a very interesting next few months.

Indeed, the months that followed proved to be interesting indeed. Microsoft said that some of its employees became over zealous, most flagrantly in Sweden, where marketing assists were promised to several business partners as incentives to join the national standards committee and vote for OOXM.

Since Andy mentions Steve Ballmer, it is worth adding that Ballmer, much like Gates, made phonecalls to politicians in order to reverse votes. Single-handedly, such political manipulation made a big difference. We truly hope that the regulators will find what they are after, including the heaps of material evidence.

When regulators are done probing this, perhaps they should also take a look at hostile takeovers and intimidation tactics (patent FUD), which are seen as illegal in Germany. There are so many other things to look into, but as far as Microsoft goes, this is the legal analog of a DDOS attack. The company abuses quicker than the EC can handle and keep track of.

Share in other sites/networks: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Reddit
  • email

This post is also available in Gemini over at:

gemini://gemini.techrights.org/2008/02/08/ooxml-regulation-commission/

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

4 Comments

  1. Stephane Rodriguez said,

    February 9, 2008 at 12:02 am

    Gravatar

    I have had a bit of fun writing this article,

    “The truth about Microsoft Office compatibility”

    http://ooxmlisdefectivebydesign.blogspot.com/

    ;-)

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 9, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Gravatar

    The datestamp says “Friday, February 8, 2008″. Isn’t this the one which made Slashdot, among other sites (and extended since)?

  3. Stephane Rodriguez said,

    February 9, 2008 at 1:11 am

    Gravatar

    That’s a fresh article. The old one (defective by design) just happens to show up as well in you scroll down, unless you visit the appropriate url :

    http://ooxmlisdefectivebydesign.blogspot.com/2008/02/truth-about-microsoft-office.html

  4. Roy Schestowitz said,

    February 9, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Gravatar

    Thanks. I’ll spread the word.

What Else is New


  1. Links 11/4/2021: GnuPG 2.3.0, Linux 5.13 Additions

    Links for the day



  2. All EPO Articles Are Available Over Gemini Protocol

    For lighter and more privacy-preserving access to Techrights use the Gemini capsule instead of the Web site



  3. Judge and JURI

    The Committee on Legal Affairs, a.k.a JURI, meets the EPO tomorrow (in 24 hours); will abuses by António Campinos and Benoît Battistelli be brought up?



  4. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag -- Part 13: The Failed Promise of a “Good Governance” Guru…

    Before becoming an absent-minded Vice-President of António Campinos Christoph Ernst was posing as the very opposite of what he would become



  5. Gemini Gateways for IPFS

    The World Wide Web is fine for a lot of things, but for controversial publications and publications that invoke the 'wrath' of corporations/states/plutocracy we must look beyond the traditional protocols, choosing decentralised means and self-hosted means of publication (instead or at the very least in conjunction)



  6. Challenging Times for EPO Management

    A discussion of the status quo at Europe's second-largest (but scarcely-understood) institution, subjected to a JURI hearing tomorrow afternoon



  7. “The Fighters of Freedom”

    Some anime fans have made this video about recent events



  8. IRC Proceedings: Saturday, April 10, 2021

    IRC logs for Saturday, April 10, 2021



  9. [Meme] Bundestagate Series Spoiler

    The chain of command/s at the EPO typically leads to major tragedy



  10. Breaking News: Campinos to Appear Before the Legals Affairs Committee of the European Parliament on Monday 12 April

    "Some MEPs have been briefed about ongoing governance deficits at the EPO, in particular the lack of GDPR compliance and the sell-out of "digital sovereignty" to Microsoft, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will dare to bring these issues up during the hearing."



  11. Pro-FSF Petition (“An Open Letter in Support of Richard Matthew Stallman Being Reinstated by the Free Software Foundation”) Tops 6,200 Signatures

    Monopolies and their media, along with their NGOs, have spoken and incited based on falsehoods; people now respond so the hate letter has a real crisis



  12. Links 10/4/2021: osbuild 28, KDE Frameworks 5.81.0

    Links for the day



  13. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag -- Part 12: A Worthy Successor to His Mentor?

    We examine the role of Christoph Ernst in EPO management, both in the Benoît Battistelli era and the António Campinos era (plenty to hide)



  14. USPTO for Monopolies, Keeping GNU/Linux in the Dark

    Growing evidence of gross discrimination against GNU/Linux (or Free software, even BSD/UNIX) users at the USPTO is too hard to ignore; some people out there challenge the Office over this travesty



  15. Accessibility and Availability First

    To make Techrights more widely accessible and more difficult to block/censor we've been making further changes, including self-hosting where possible



  16. Self-Hosting Videos With Free Formats and Animated Previews, Watermarks/Logos and Translucency

    We examine the power of video editing with ffmpeg, chained with command-line scripting and HTML5 features



  17. Links 10/4/2021: Linux on M1, Wine 6.6, ClamAV 0.103.2

    Links for the day



  18. Lunduke: On Mob Justice in the Tech Industry

    A new video from the former Microsofter who fears the phenomenon that’s adopted by companies like IBM



  19. IRC Proceedings: Friday, April 09, 2021

    IRC logs for Friday, April 09, 2021



  20. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag — Appendix (Benoît Battistelli's Vichy Syndrome): Georges Henri Léon Battistelli and Charles Robert Battistelli

    Local copies with evidence of or something concrete about Benoît Battistelli’s connection to unsavoury — and by today’s standards outright fascistic — politics



  21. IBM Doubles Down on Masters Being an Acceptable Word in the Context of Technology

    3 days after this post which disproves IBM's stance or shows its double standards it once again says “Masters” in its official blog (won’t that offend and alienate some people as they insist?)



  22. Hate Letter Against Richard Matthew Stallman (RMS) Backfired So Spectacularly That Signers Asked to Revoke Their Own Signatures and the List Was Then Frozen Permanently (Updated)

    "An open letter in support of Richard Matthew Stallman being reinstated by the Free Software Foundation" tops 6,100 signatures (graph generated just moments ago)



  23. EPOLeaks on Misleading the Bundestag -- Part 11: The BMJV's Tweedledee: Dr Christoph Ernst

    The right-hand man of António Campinos plays a role similar to that of Herr Lutz before him



  24. Links 9/4/2021: Tanglet 1.6.0 and HPVM 1.0

    Links for the day



  25. The Libel Against Richard Stallman Did Not Age Well

    Almost 2 years down the line libel about the founder of the FSF remains online, uncorrected (in sites funded by Microsoft and IBM)



  26. The Letter in Support of the FSF and Richard Stallman is Backed by the International Community, Not American Monopolies and Nationalistic Elements

    Free software is for everybody to use, internationally, it is not the asset of a bunch of current and old monopolists (connected to the US military) that also control the media; the nature of the signatures says that out loud



  27. Gemini Over IPFS (Decentralised Web, Accessed Over Gemini Protocol)

    The Gemini protocol (gemini://) can already be used to fetch (at the back end) and present objects from a P2P-like network; we're currently exploring practical use cases and possibilities



  28. News Sites That Talk About Patents Have Become Shameless Self-Promotion 'Plugs' by Law Firms (and Sometimes Outright 'Spam' for Litigation)

    The sources of news about patent affairs have dried up; sites that actually used to investigate and report facts have since then shut down or defected to the Public Relations/marketing industry



  29. Links 9/4/2021: Kubernetes 1.21 and FFmpeg 4.4 Released

    Links for the day



  30. IRC Proceedings: Thursday, April 08, 2021

    IRC logs for Thursday, April 08, 2021


RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

Recent Posts