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[News] Microsoft Interferes with ODF Policies Overseas

Sometimes I need to remind myself

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| A Malaysian standards committee was moving forward to approve ODF
| as a national standard in Malaysia. This is called "transposing"
| an International Standard, and is commonly done when a relevant
| International Standard is approved. Microsoft has made every
| attempt possible to prevent this committee from making progress
| with their review of ODF, for almost a year now.


Microsoft: International gangsters.


Microsoft's 'Men in Black' kill Florida open standards legislation


Sirim pulls plug on format fight

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| Standards body Sirim Bhd has stopped a feud between IBM Malaysia 
| and Microsoft Malaysia over competing technologies in this
| country. 
| Datuk Dr Mohamad Ariffin Aton, Sirim chief executive, has
| suspended the process for approving the Open Document Format
| (ODF), which is backed by IBM Corp, as a Malaysian standard.
| A competing format is OpenXML, currently used only in Microsoft
| Corp's Office suite of desktop products.


Open Standards for Florida vs Microsoft lobbyists

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| Bottom line: Rep. Ed Homan (R-Tampa) tried to get a small paragraph
| added to a general IT bill in the State Senate that mildly favored
| open standards (i.e. ODF etc.) in state IT operations. It was a
| quiet effort, he told me, but still, within 24 hours all the
| State Senators on the appropriate committee had been contacted
| by lobbyists representing Microsoft, who also paid him a visit. 


>From the previous CIO....

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|    Quinn:  Almost to a person, to anybody involved or who knows about
|    the ODF issue, they attributed the story to Microsoft, right, wrong
|    or otherwise. Senator Pacheco may be a bully but I do not believe he
|    is disingenious and would stoop to such a tactic. Senator Pacheco and
|    Secretary Galvin's office remain very heavily influenced by the
|    Microsoft money and its lobbyist machine, as witnessed by their
|    playbook and words, in my opinion.
|    Quinn:  I believe that the ODF decision will stand. I believe MS
|    will continue to do anything and everything it can to stop it. And I
|    know my seat wasn't even empty and they (MS) took another shot at
|    the title, to no avail. This horse is out of the barn and I see no
|    way for it to go back in. Remember, all we are asking for was and is
|    for Microsoft to commit to open and the standards process; so
|    everyone looks really bad if the plug gets pulled at this juncture. 


MA Governor-Elect Names MS Anti-ODF Lobbyist to Technology Advisory Group


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