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EU Commission Investigating Microsoft's MSOOXML Push
Friday, February 08 2008 @ 03:32 PM EST

Now that it's making headlines in the mainstream press that the EU Commission is investigating Microsoft's behavior in trying to get MSOOXML accepted as an ISO "standard", I want to simply remind the world that Groklaw has a permanent ODF/MSOOXML page, including a chronology, where all the events can be tracked, month by month, since the Massachusetts events began in January of 2005.

Other primary resources you can find on the ODF/MSOOXML page are links to significant blogs that focus on this issue and a Miscellaneous section, where you will find the information surrounding the Massachusetts saga, technical white papers, and transcripts of public meetings. I hope it's all helpful. I always believed this was at least a possibility that someday someone would look into the behavior we were seeing, and that was one additional reason why we decided to create a permanent resource. I want to thank all the Groklaw volunteers who helped with this page over the years, particularly grouch for helping me by maintaining the page, and Scott Lazar, mojotoad, Chris Knadle, Adrian, Mecha, and Ed_L for helping getting it set up in the beginning. The Internet being what it is, if you notice any older links that no longer resolve, please send me that information, so we can tweak.

If you recall, the EU Commission earlier mentioned two antitrust investigations, with the MSOOXML being a part of the one on interoperability. I gather from the linked Wall St. Journal article and Andy Updegrove's analysis that it is now a third, separate investigation on its own. Take a look at the chronology, read the articles linked to, and I think you'll understand why the Commission has apparently agreed to at least investigate. I hope they think to investigate the smear campaigns that seem to always happen to anyone on the other side from Microsoft. What happened to Peter Quinn was by no means unique.


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