Sharepoint file formats

As the various national bodies are finalizing their votes to REJECT OOXML, there are a significant number of them that have been bought outright by Redmond Dollars. The fact that a publicly traded company sees it fit to subvert the standards making process by buying “seats” and “subtle pressure” of those with “no backbones”, shows that it is indeed an entity that has disgusting business practices. That they have not so far been brought to court is sad.

The real reason for the free flow of Redmond Dollars instead of doing the right thing of fixing the technically incompetent ooxml proposal has to do with the mid to long term need to further lock-in customers with their sharepoint product.

Some KPIs would not be kept and that is good. Others would have expensed their foray into standards purchase. The ISO is a compromised entity and we need to seriously overhaul it.


    • Good product or not is NOT the question
      It is not whether Sharepoint is a good product or not. The issue is that it uses the MS-centric ooxml format that will mean that organizations that make the fatal decision to adopt sharepoint, are going to be double locked in with the MS platform. While it is true that ooxml is convertible into good quality XML, the fact that one has to even do that means that as it is ooxml is broken.

    • Re: Less to do with M$
      While we would all like to think that it has to do with apathy with standards, in this case, money is involved. “You don’t vote OOXML, you do not get funding for that research project/market development funding/ conference sponsorship”.

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