“Microsoft has been accused of rigging a vote on the ratification of Office Open XML (OOXML) as an international standard at a government body in Sweden,” Gavin Clarke reports for The Register.
“Swedish internet pioneer Patrik Falstrom has accused Microsoft of bussing in local partners to a Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) meeting on OSI ratification of OOXML. The specification is already used by Microsoft in Office 2003, 2007 and XP,” Clarke reports.
“The partners had not participated in the SIS’s earlier OOXML discussions but paid their admission fee and gave OOXML a resounding 25 ‘yes’ votes compared to six ‘no’ votes and three abstentions. It was believed OOXML was heading to a certain defeat had Microsoft’s supporters not turned out en masse,” Clarke reports.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “en” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft? Cheat? Come on.