Some metrics for measuring the success of the OOXML BRM

A very strange thing happened at the beginning of September, 2007. Microsoft issued a press release following the close of balloting on OOXML that began Today the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) released the results of the preliminary ballot to participating National Body members for the ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (Ecma…

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Dow Jones MarketWatch: EC investigation regarding OOXML

As part of the recent story about the EU’s fine of Microsoft, the article “European regulator fines Microsoft $1.35 billion”, also included the following: In addition, Microsoft recently acknowledged that the commission is also looking into lobbying efforts for its Open XML file format, which has been derided by critics…

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Monday morning: OOXML BRM tidbits

I’m in Geneva this week because I’m taking part in the Open Forum Europe conference “Standards and the Future of the Internet.” In addition, of course, the ISO/IEC OOXML Ballot Resolution Meeting is taking place this week. The OFE organizers have to gone to great pains to make it clear…

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How not to resolve OOXML comments

See Arnaud Le Hors’ blog entries “Can anyone be more disingenuous?” whereby Microsoft counters China’s comment about OOXML being too large for a fast track process by comparing it with large standards that did not go through a fast track process. “When ‘Agreed’ means No.” whereby Microsoft agrees with the…

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OOXML is too hard to implement … even for Microsoft

Over on CNet, Ina Fried has an article “Microsoft again delays Mac XML converters” and says, in part: The software maker said that it plans on March 11 to deliver the first update to Office 2008 for Mac, delivering several key fixes. At the same time though, it has again…

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OOXML troll tolerance dial now set to zero

Right before major milestones in OOXML’s fight to become respectable by becoming an ISO/IEC standard, pro-OOXML bloggers and blog commenters have come out in force to challenge any sentiment perceived as negative to their cause. It’s almost like it was planned! Could it be an organized part of a campaign?…

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#2. If I were to build a virtual world … building up the basic model

This is the second part of my series where I’m brainstorming about some considerations regarding building a virtual world. The idea is that I discuss what I would like to see in the world (or “worlds,” as I’ll talk about today), and give you the chance to tell me why…

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#1. If I were to build a virtual world … the basics

I’m going to start a new series where I publicly brainstorm about some issues of building a virtual world. This is just Bob thinking out loud, not some deep IBM strategy. I’m not even in the part of the company that manages the business we do do in virtual worlds.…

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