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02.27.08

OOXML-style Stacking Against the Web, Denmark OOXML Complaint Filed (Updated)

Posted in Antitrust, Europe, Fraud, Microsoft, Open XML at 11:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

"Evangelizing tiered Web is WAR?"

Comcast is linked to Microsoft as we have shown a month ago. The FCC is not a party to be trusted, either.

As such, you may wish to know about this latest incident of rigging that involves the FFC and Comcast. We have already warned about this.

Wireless watchers are still waiting for the final results of the The Great American Wireless Auction, but that hasn’t stopped at least one US Senator from dubbing the FCC’s $20bn bid-off “a disaster”.

If this sounds familiar, then it really ought to. More information can be found in the article “Comcast stacked Net Neutrality meeting”. And in light of what a US Senator has just called “a disaster” you might also wish to know that the Danes strike back at what they perceive as injustice and abuse favouring Microsoft.

Danish Unix User Group Files Complaint With EU Commission Against Denmark For Mandating MSOOXML

The Danish Unix User Group, DKUUG, has filed a formal complaint with the EU Commission regarding Denmark’s mandating ECMA 376, better known by us as MSOOXML, for certain procurements.

The complaint [PDF] is grounded in breach of the EC Treaty article 81 on unfair competition. The press release says that the regulation “can be seen as an attempt to continue the de facto monopoly of Microsoft in the Danish state on office software, as the various public agencies and institutions need to buy the products of Microsoft to comply to the regulation.”

We’ve gone through our archives and collected relevant information that was posted here in the past (about OOXML in Denmark). DKUUG might find some of the links valuable. They are appended below.

OOXML in Denmark: Additional Resources

Posts of interest:

Other posts:

For a more complete list that includes minor observations, look here.

For the curious. other complaints or lawsuits are likely to be filed over Microsoft's OOXML abuses (followup/update here). Don’t let them get away.

“Microsoft boss Bill Gates threatened to kill 800 Danish jobs if Denmark opposed the European Computer Implemented Inventions Directive, reports today’s Danish financial daily Børsen, quoted by NoSoftwarePatents.com”

P2PNet

Update: A reader has asked that we add the following.

“Maybe these three can be woven together“:

http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20080226164131724

http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2008/02/28/gartner-warns-microsoft-patent

http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/15/1334248&tid=109

“One of the worst problems in dealing with the Microsoft movement is the amnesia in the media, and the populace. The corruption is not new and not isolated to Microsoft attack on ISO.”

Mind the fact that past events in Denmark are woven here with recent events that may reveal Microsoft’s long-term intentions.

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