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Microsoft criticized for Open XML petition

Discussion in 'General Webmaster Helpdesk' started by temi, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. temi

    temi Facilitator Webmaster

    An online petition posted by Microsoft to fast-track the standardization of its Office Open XML document format masks the company's concern over the procedure, according to a leading open-source advocate.
    The petition is an attempt to make it appear that Open XML has "pseudo-grassroots" support, argues Mark Taylor, the founder of the Open Source Consortium.
    "In the open-source world, there's clearly a massive grassroots thing," Taylor told ZDNet UK on Thursday. "One of the lessons Microsoft has been trying to learn from open source is that--but they have to fake it. If there was any grassroots support behind it, the time to have done (the petition) would have been ages ago."

    source/full story: Microsoft criticized for Open XML petition | Tech News on ZDNet

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