Microsoft wins document format standards battle

Microsoft Corp. has won a battle to have a key document format adopted as a global standard, improving its chances of winning government contracts and dealing a blow to supporters of a rival format, Reuters reports. The OpenDoc Society, which had argued that Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) format was unfit for ratification by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), published the results showing Microsoft’s win on its web site. Microsoft welcomed the decision, which was leaked on April 1 ahead of an official ISO statement expected on April 2, saying it created a "level playing field" for OOXML to compete with other standards. Supporters of rival Open Document Format (ODF), which is already an ISO standard and widely used, said multiple formats defeated the purpose of having standards and that the result would help Microsoft tighten its grip on computer users…

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