John Paczkowski

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We Made the Formal OOXML Announcement on April 2 for Obvious Reasons …

It’s no April Fools’ joke. Microsoft (MSFT) has indeed won an international standards designation for Open XML, its open-document format. This morning, The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) confirmed that Open XML had won the two-thirds approval it needed to pass. The announcement marks the end of Microsoft’s long and, how shall I put this, aggressive campaign to have the format recognized as an international standard for electronic documents. It also reverses the loss Microsoft suffered in first-round voting, thanks to some intense lobbying by IBM (IBM) and Sun (SUNW) who, together, developed the rival Open Document Format. But for how long? This latest vote is already mired in controversy, with tales of delegates being manipulated into voting against their will, votes of ‘No’ suddenly changed to ‘Abstain’ or ‘Yes‘ and an assortment of protests and complaints being made against the entire process. And beyond that, there is the issue of the Open XML standard itself, which, as some observers have noted, needs a bit of work. “No one can actually implement this standard–not even Microsoft,” said Groklaw’s Pamela Jones. “… The format references proprietary stuff from the past. Stuff that is patented, no doubt, but mainly just unknown and unknowable.”


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik