OK, so who is a fan of these Microsoft tactics? As has been reported on Slashdot and elsewhere, Microsoft basically bought the vote for OOXML in Sweden.
To be able to vote all you need is to pay the membership fee to SIS and the total cost for this was 17.000 SEK (2444 USD). Of the 23 new companies that showed up this last minute and where the majority hasn't shown any earlier interest, only Google has a clear agenda regarding OOXML and they are against it. Following companies showed just before the meeting started: [list of Microsoft partner companies follows]Andy Upgrove now writes:
The final result was 25 Yes, 6 No and 3 Abs and this would from the start be a done deal of saying No!
As someone who has spent a great part of my life working to support open standards over the past 20 years, I have to say that this is the most egregious, and far-reaching, example of playing the system to the advantage of a single company that I have ever seen. Breathtaking, in fact. That's assuming, of course, that I am right in supposing that all of these newbie countries vote "yes."Why many commentators are starting to say that, regardless of the outcome, this process should catalyze significant change in standards efforts/process in the future.
I guess we'll just have to wait and see a few more days to learn whether that assumption is true. Want to place your bets?
Link: ConsortiumInfo: The OOXML Vote: How Bad Can it Get? (Keep Counting) >