Update (Oct.2, 2007): Microsoft wins Kayak Prize 2007.
I’m rather astonished. I really didn’t think we had a chance of stopping it. And we haven’t, but this is a huge step in the right direction. There will be many deserved thanks and congratulations going out to all who helped raise awareness of what’s at stake, so I won’t add more to that here.
Instead, I will give a big public thanks to Microsoft. Microsoft, thank you very much for trying to buy the Swedish vote on OOXML. Your corrupt action was outed resulting in a backlash of immense proportion. We all deeply appreciate the fact that you pushed a little too hard. Without your determined focus to maximize profit for your shareholders regardless of externalities, we may not have been able to do it. With a little less aggression, you just may have managed to push your broken “standard” through ISO thus helping your cause. We can’t thank you enough. Keep up the “good” work.