Microsoft Backs ODF as ANSI Standard

by M. David Peterson

Microsoft backs adding ODF to ANSI standards - Network World

... Microsoft backed adding ODF, the document file format used widely in open-source alternatives to Microsoft Office, to a list of business standards.

Microsoft also said it will support Office 2007's default document file format, Open XML, for the list maintained by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as well, according to a press statement.

The company said it supports ODF (Open Document Format for XML) because businesses want choice and interoperability for software they deploy. ANSI recommends business best practices, standards and guidelines to a range of industries in the United States.


An interesting note from Andy Updegrove at the bottom of the first page of the same linked article,

To its credit, Microsoft voted for ODF when it came before the ISO (International Organization for Standards), while IBM cast the only negative vote for Open XML when it was up for approval by standards organization Ecma International, Updegrove added.


Of course, just prior to this he states,

... by supporting ODF as an ANSI standard, Microsoft is "making it appear it is rising above the squabble to do the right thing." Instead, he thinks the move serves as a challenge to vocal ODF supporters to support approval of Open XML as a global standard when a final vote for the draft specification comes before the ISO.


So let me get this straight,

2 Comments

Jeremy
2007-05-18 10:51:31
I still feel that Microsoft is a two-faced proprietary company that has a lot of issues not resolved because of its stance on patents and cross-licensing. If they are willing to say that if the open-source world does not cross-license patents through companies, then they are going to be subject to lawsuits, including open-source projects like OpenOffice.org, then they are truly desperate, as OpenOffice.org representatives have said. So in other words, friends of mine who develop personal distros of linux, in the mind of Microsoft, can't develop their own distros unless they make a cross-license deal with them. What kind of ego do they really have? What kind of bizarro world to they live in? Do they think because they have an open source lab and vote for ODF, that really makes up for such stupid legal actions?
Dalibor Topic
2007-05-20 08:44:06
The ODF vote is part of Microsoft's attempt to make up for the PR damage that Ballmer did on Monday with the transformation of Microsoft into the world's largest patent troll, following SCO's pioneering business model. There has been a couple of those in the past days, I'd expect to see more during OSBC.