The agency that governs educational technology in the U.K. has filed a formal complaint against Microsoft with the European Union, reports InformationWeek. The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) contends that Microsoft has failed to support open standards in its Office 2007 desktop productivity suite. "In the context of the education system this can result in higher prices and a range of other unsatisfactory effects," BECTA said in a statement Tuesday. BECTA claims that Office 2007’s underlying format, known as Office Open XML, is not interoperable with software from other vendors.

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