Take a look at Andy Updegrove’s blog entry called “Why Ecma? (Part I).” He says, in part, of the timetable in the last year:
If you look at the next six months, you’ll find three press releases announcing adoptions of work product at General Assemblies, and four more press releases about OOXML. The final count? Even though Ecma approved 32 different standards during this time period, the Ecma site lists a total of eleven different press releases relating to the OOXML project, and only one relating to any other single technical project. So it would appear that either Ecma doesn’t think that much of what it’s doing these days is very important, or believes that there is a great deal to be gained from being associated with the OOXML project � or both.
I could understand why Microsoft might do this, but isn’t rather unusual behavior for a so-called industry consortium?