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Microsoft's Press on OOXML: Admission of Misconduct

Almost right from the horse's mouth...

The following find has been highlighted elsewhere, but a reader sent us a tip under the subject line "Microsoft partner channel openly (bald faced) celebrates corruption..."

To quote the body of this message:

"It's a pity this probably won't be enough proof for a jury, but I am sure the press will be delighted about it, and maybe the competition authorities as well...

"Source: http://rcpmag.com/blogs/weblog.aspx?blog=2075

"P.S.: I printed it to a PDF file in case they make the article offline in order to try to do the damage control... (I am sending it attached to you)"

From the article at hand (essentially in Microsoft's own press):

"Of course, we're sure that Microsoft, uh, strongly encouraged a few delegates from a few nations to change their votes — which lots of delegates did. And, really, OOXML's acceptance isn't all that big of a deal for partners and users, practically speaking; after all, Microsoft document formats are also de facto standards.

Steve Ballmer rides SUSE"But now, all of those government agencies charged with implementing standards-based computing are free to turn away from open source and run back to sweet mama Microsoft if they so choose. And whatever momentum open source had gained by taking the standards route in IT departments has certainly slowed — if not come to a screeching halt."

Thank you, RPC, for this one shiny gem. It will prove handy as a reference for future posts. To use the words of Fred Astaire, "they can't take that away from me."

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