Microsoft is being very coy and dishonest this week. Having ensured that Microsoft itself is 'representing' entire countries and stealing the election in the majority of them, Microsoft wants the world to believe that over three quarters of ‘the world’ supports OOXML. Of course, it’s a foolish thing to believe and a lie of very great proportions.
Remind yourself of the truly appalling behaviour of Microsoft in India, including possible bribery and the well-documented ballot stuffing. Then consider China and recall the eye-opening story from a Brazilian delegate. In spite of these abuses, all three countries, the world’s largest populations in fact, ultimately voted “No” to OOXML. And here is an interesting fact:
Brazil, India, and China, which together count for more than a third of the world’s population, all voted against Office Open XML last week.
Red Hat’s legal team published a statement criticizing the ISO fast track process and expressing disappointment with the outcome. “Will the real interoperability standard please stand up?” Red Hat’s legal team wrote. “Red Hat thinks governments and enterprises are not so easily confused. The Open Document Format, which has long been a multiparty-supported ISO standard, will continue to be a force in procurement decisions to be reckoned with. Government and Enterprises are tired of the lack of choice, lack of innovation, and premium rents from vendor lock-in.”