Summary: ODF gains further momentum and Microsoft’s smears against it gain momentum also
The Office-o-tron will inspect a submitted office document and produce a validation report. It understands ODF for now (OOXML coming soon).
The preference or precedence of ODF says a lot.
“More recently we saw Microsoft folks engaging in some more Wikipedia subversion in the article on ODF.”Microsoft is meanwhile badmouthing ODF and fragmenting it [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7]. In response to the accusations of a whisper campaign, Microsoft’s special friend (who makes money from Microsoft-related contracts) calls ODF “crappy”. It is important to remember where this man’s (Rick Jelliffe’s) money comes from because the Microsoft ecosystem is broad and self serving. Rob Weir responds by saying: “A bad case of foot-in-mouth disease. Rick Jelliffe denies disinformation campaign against ODF by telling more lies about ODF.”
Rick Jelliffe was previously offered money by Microsoft to edit Wikipedia. More recently we saw Microsoft folks engaging in some more Wikipedia subversion in the article on ODF. See the following for details and examples:
- Microsoft Starts Attacking the ODF Alliance, Sends Paid Wikipedia Editors to ODF Article (Updated)
- OOXML BRM Convenor (Alex Brown) Joins the Pro-Microsoft Wikipedia Spinners
- Microsoft Folks Rewrite ODF’s History and Build Anti-ODF Social Network
- Fraunhofer Again Lobbies for Microsoft Lock-in
- Is Microsoft’s AstroTurf Against ODF Still On?
This Microsoft-inspired intervention in Wikipedia most certainly continues. For example, one need only look at some of hAl's latest edits. One person writes: “Some anti-ODF trolling is in the air, but it will not succeed”
Another Microsoft-affiliated person (an MVP) is attending an ODF conference to cause trouble and disrupt, just as we warned. And indeed, he comes there just to heckle along with friends from Microsoft. That company is simply allergic to anything that facilitates freedom and fair competition. The business model is based on forcing people to use particular products (e.g. using bundling and lock-in) rather than offer something they actually want. Even longtime Windows users still try to reject Vista and get rid of the ribbon interface in Microsoft Office. █