Is this is a joke ?
Posted Aug 15, 2007 6:34 UTC (Wed) by khim
In reply to: Shuttleworth: Emerging consensus in favour of a unified document format standard?
Parent article: Shuttleworth: Emerging consensus in favour of a unified document format standard?
Remember POSIX support in Windows NT ? It was requirement for "government's business". What Microsoft did ? It added support - but make it unusable (totally independent POSIX subsystem without ability to use most of Windows NT capabilities). Looks familiar ? Yup: that's exactly how Microsoft already did ODF: support is there, but it's more-or-less unusable. Enough to win contracts, not enough to actually use. Still - it'll create opportunity for other players (unlike 1980th when POSIX players bickered and Microsoft was able to overcame them with something cheap and "easy" today most ODF-players actually care about interoperability and one is free as in speech while "bigger cousin" is free as in beer... May be it'll be beginning-of-the-end for Microsoft...
So it's easy to answer what happens if ISO will vote "no". The question is what will happen if ISO will vote "yes". My guess is that will be serious blow to ISO's authority (what good are standards if any big corporation can push it's own version) and it'll be beginning-of-the-end for ISO...
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