Microsoft Looks for the Big Guns in OOXML In-Fighting — Bill Gates has reportedly been making phone calls to the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Commerce to push the American National Standards Institute to ignore the votes of its advisory committees and vote ‘yes’ on ISO standardizing Microsoft’s Open Office XML (OOXML) format, the one in competition with the OpenDocument Format (ODF) pushed by IBM and Sun.
If this really is happening, I find it both sad and disturbing. Products, when placed on the market are expected to reach a certain level of quality, especially when going for ISO standardization. OOXML has not has not reached that level of quality, with many technical issues that have been pointed out. As a smart tactical move, many aspects of OOXML can not even implemented in rival office suites. I understand why Microsoft fights so hard for this product, as it is the future of their office suite and their continued success. The sad part is that Microsoft seems much more focused on killing off other products and keeping their dominance, rather than creating innovative products that people actually WANT to use.