OOXML fails to get ISO approval

Update: The official ISO announcement and a PC World article without the spin.

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This has more spin on it than a Tiger Woods wedge shot. If one had no idea what was going on, one would probably believe Microsoft was happy about what has just transpired. Well gee…if everything is so hunky-dory and right on track, then why/how did the New York Times get it wrong?

We win this round. Unfortunately, over the coming months Microsoft will throw everything plus the kitchen sink into getting a broken version of OOXML passed as an international standard. As one “cautious” commenter on this blog recently noted, “Expect more packing of committees, threats, bribes, dirty tricks, and more.” And unlike the slip-up in Sweden that arguably cost them approval this week, expect Microsoft to be much more careful this time around.

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