Feeds

Google takes a swipe at OOXML

Danish Unix group complains to EU

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Updated Google has slammed Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) format as being “insufficient and unnecessary”.

The internet giant’s open source programs manager Zaheda Bhorat said yesterday on Google’s official blog that Redmond’s attempts to convince the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) to adopt OOXML as the international format should be ignored.

She reckons Microsoft Office-only functionality fails to meet the criteria for a globally-accepted standard.

Instead she calls for the “unification” of OOXML into OpenDocument Format (ODF), the international standard that was adopted by the ISO last year, and which is supported by Google.

Meanwhile, the Unix user group DKUUG also weighed in on the row against Microsoft’s Office 2007 file format yesterday.

It said it has made a formal complaint to the EU, for breach of the EC Treaty article 81 on unfair competition over the Danish state mandatory regulation of ECMA-approved OOXML.

“DKUUG asks the commission to make a decision to make void the part on OOXML of the Danish regulation on mandatory standards [ECMA-376 or ISO/IEC DIS 29500] OOXML, so that other products can participate in the competition on office software for the Danish state.

“This is in line with regulations in other countries, for example in the federal Belgium, or Norway, where only the ISO standard ODF is specified for the subject,” said the group in a statement.

DKUUG vice chair Keld Simonsen claims that the Danish state is allowing Redmond to maintain a private monopoly in Denmark, even though OOXML doesn’t fulfill the “requirements on openness” that parliament agreed upon in its decision B103 in 2006.

Bhorat and Simonsen's sabre-rattling follows Redmond’s apparent change of heart last week when it announced plans to go big on interoperability by opening up APIs and protocols on a raft of its products.

“A document standards decision may not matter to you today, but as someone who relies on constant access to editable documents, spreadsheets and presentations, it may matter immensely in the near future,” said Bhorat.

Microsoft is currently in the process of a second attempt to gain ISO approval of the OOXML format, after being bruised the first time round.

Last year Redmond swelled the ranks of standards bodies with Microsoft allies in the hope of ratifying its Office 2007 file format as the default standard for international use.

Microsoft had tried to fast-track OOXML via Ecma International, but a vote of the draft (DIS 29500) failed to gain adequate approval last September.

ISO members, who voted on the draft, are in Geneva this week debating OOXML. Delegates will be given until the end of March to adjust their positions on the format if they wish. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides
Might put out patch in update, might chuck it out sooner
Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'
Open-source 'love' fairly runneth over at cloud event
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.