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April 03, 2008 10:33 IST

After nearly 14 months of discussion, debate and controversies surrounding them, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has finally declared that Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) file format has received the necessary number of votes for approval as an ISO/IEC international standard. Approval required at least two-thirds (i.e. 66.66 per cent) of the votes cast by national bodies participating in the joint technical committee (ISO/IEC JTC 1), to be positive; and no more than one-fourth (i.e. 25 per cent) of the total number of (ISO/IEC) national body votes cast to be negative. ISO/IEC DIS 29500 (the technical name for the draft proposal) was originally disapproved in the “fast-track vote” which ended in September 2007, when 3,500 comments were received. India too had said ‘no’ with comments.

However, the comments were addressed at a ballot resolution meeting (BRM) from 25-29 February, after which the national bodies had 30 days to modify their votes if they wished. India maintained its ‘No’. By eliminating redundancies, the comments had been reduced to 1,000 individual issues to be considered. However, there will reportedly be a two-month period to allow national bodies to lodge any formal appeals before the standard proceeds to official publication. There are already protests over votes cast by Norway and Germany.

There has, perhaps, never been a more intense global industry debate over standards since OOXML is backed by Apple, Novell, and closer home by Wipro, Infosys, TCS, and Nasscom. The rival Open
Document Format or ODF is supported by IBM, Sun Microsystems, Red Hat, Google, and in India, by the Department of Information Technology (DIT), National Informatics Centre (NIC), CDAC, IIT-Bombay and IIM-Ahmedabad.

ISO approval means government business for Microsoft since governments worldwide, including India, prefer standards that are ratified from bodies such as the ISO. Governments are wary of holding digital data in proprietary formats, which could make them hostage (vendor lock-ins) to a software vendor. States such as Delhi, Kerala and others from the North-East are heavy adopters of ODF file formats which are open and free (excluding maintenance and support).

“With 86 per cent of voting national bodies supporting ratification, there is overwhelming support for Open XML. This outcome is a clear win for the customers, technology providers and governments that want to choose the format that best meets their needs and have a voice in the evolution of this widely adopted standard,” said Tom Robertson, general manager of Interoperability and Standards at Microsoft, in a press statement.

Venkatesh Hariharan, co-founder, Open Source Foundation of India, said: “Standards in a crucial area like document formats impact the lives of all computer users daily. Therefore, the manner in which OOXML has been pushed through ISO to support the monopolistic aims of a single corporation is a matter of serious concern. The European Union is investigating the numerous irregularities on the
voting around OOXML and we will support their investigations.”

Meanwhile, the debate around OOXML and ODF appears to be a proxy for product competition in the marketplace, note observers. It is significant in part because it will have a major influence on the future success of Microsoft Office – one of Microsoft’s largest and most profitable product families. Non-governmental and legacy Microsoft Office users, on the other hand, are most likely not to bother
about which file formats their office applications use, given that Microsoft Office still has an over 90 per cent market share in many countries. In developing nations also the software major aggressively competes by subsidising its offerings for governments and students.


Source: http://www.rediff.com/money/2008/apr/03ms.htm

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Hi All

A bit of good news for Microsoft and its fan and the developers in favor of Office Open XML to become an ISO Standard. Let me brief the history.

Microsoft gave out the Open XML standard as its weapon in the war of Open Source Vs Open Standards. More information about Open XML is available here. The overview of the Office Open XML describes the complete specification. And the developers can consult the Microsoft sponsored OpenXMLdeveloper.org!!

Open XML is already a standard under the  European Computer Manufacturers Association (ECMA), article no. 376. Here’s more information about it!!

And here’s the current news about it:


Amid lobbying, Microsoft is seen winning an international open standard vote
By Kevin J. O’Brien

Monday, September 3, 2007


Amid intense lobbying, Microsoft is expected to squeak out a victory this week to have its open document format, Office Open XML, recognized as an international standard, people tracking the vote said Monday.

Supporters and opponents of the move, which would help Microsoft maintain its competitive advantage in the burgeoning field of open-format documents, said they believed that the company, the world’s largest software maker, would receive a global standard for Office Open XML.

“After what basically has amounted to unprecedented lobbying, I think that Microsoft’s standard is going to get the necessary amount of support,” said Pieter Hintjens, president of Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure, a Brussels group that led the opposition. The underlying code of an “open” document is public, allowing
developers to improve and derive new products without having to pay royalties. The first open format to become an international standard, in May 2006, was OpenDocument Format, developed by a group led by International Business Machines.

Microsoft sought a similar status for Office Open XML so it could also sell software with “open” characteristics increasingly demanded by national and local governments in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil, as well as Massachusetts in the United States. Up to 104 countries of two global standards bodies, the International Organization for Standardization, known as ISO, and the International Electrotechnical Commission, or IEC, both based in Geneva, have since April been casting national votes on whether to
designate Office Open XML as a global standard.

The issue has split the groups, with some members asserting that the ISO and IEC should not be endorsing the commercial product of a single company. Others say a standards designation would reflect reality, since more than 90 percent of electronic documents are on Microsoft format. Electronic voting closed Sunday. Roger Frost, an ISO spokesman in
Geneva, said his organization was tallying the votes and expected to announce the results on Tuesday or Wednesday.

The European Computer Manufacturers Association, known as ECMA, a standards group based in Geneva, endorsed Office Open XML as a European standard last December and nominated it for fast-track consideration by the ISO. “It is really impossible to say what the outcome is going to be,” said Jan van den Beld, a former secretary general of the manufacturers’ group. “Basically, Office Open XML was a form of catch-up standardization,” said Van den Beld, who was ECMA’s secretary general from 1992 until last April. “Politics aside, there are 400 million users of the Office Open format, and we basically just recognized reality.”

Erich Andersen, Microsoft’s associate general counsel in Europe, said, “We are encouraged by the positive support the Open XML standard has received, and over the next phase of the process we will work closely with ECMA and the committee to address the many constructive comments that have been submitted.” Hintjens, a Brussels software developer whose group ran the opposition Web site called noooxml.org, said Monday that he believed Microsoft had managed to curry just enough support to win passage for its standard. According to Hintjens, whose group has been tallying the votes of participants, countries including Japan, Canada, India, China, Brazil, France and Britain voted against Microsoft’s proposal. France and Britain made their “no” votes conditional, meaning they could later change them to “yes” should Microsoft alter its 6,500-page standard to allay technical and liability concerns.

Microsoft’s bid was supported, Hintjens said, by countries including Switzerland, the United States, Portugal and Germany, as well as smaller ones like Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya and Ivory Coast, some of whom became active late in the voting at Microsoft’s urging. To win passage, Microsoft’s standard must gain support from at least two-thirds of 37 countries on an information technology panel of the ISO and IEC called the Joint Technical Committee 1. Also, Microsoft’s standard cannot be opposed by more than 25 percent of all countries
casting ballots. Van den Beld said 80 of 104 eligible countries have cast ballots, more than any previous standards vote.

Under ISO and IEC rules, a so-called ballot resolution meeting will be held Feb. 25 to 29 in Geneva, where Microsoft and national voting groups will attempt to iron out differences, leading to a broader consensus behind the standard. If Microsoft prevails in voting this week, it is under less pressure to make changes it opposes. Should it lose, however, it would be under more pressure to make changes, van den Beld said.

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After all this war, I think soon Office Open XML will be an ISO Standard.

What’s your comment on it??

I am back after a long long time!!
Had an accident…ma bike slipped(kinda too usual, rite!! lol)….but now i m better and recovering fast!!
Now, let me start off with an old….yet important topic…..the IMAGINE CUP 2007.
I participated in it and I was able to reach the NATIONAL FINALS under the Software Development Invitational Category….my solution was named e-Kaksha, it was basically a remote school system…which had features like collaborative workspaces, customised live maps, etc.
I was also able to reach the 2nd round in the IT Quiz.

After an intense week of competition, the winners of the 2007 Imagine Cup were announced..

The winners are Thailand’s 3KC Returns/Project LiveBook team.  The team members are:
 Prachaya Phaisanwiphatpong, Vasan Chienmaneetaweesin, Jatupon Sukkasem, and Pathompol Saeng-Uraiporn.

This year the imagine cup was in South Korea – Seoul from Aug 5-10. Once again, young programmers and artists were invited from around the world to rise to the Imagine Cup challenge. The theme for this year’s Imagine Cup was “Enable a world where technology enables better education for all”. I personally think it was a very well thought-out and appropriate theme, as it gave the students a chance to reflect on the current situation of education model and system in their own countries and geographies.  Also, it gave a unique opportunity to create solutions with the help of technology, to solve these issues which will have a huge impact.

Here are some bits about this year’s 2007 Imagine Cup:

  • More than 100,000 students from 100 countries entered the competition with 112 teams in total
  • 344 finalist from all over the world went to the worldwide finals in Seoul
  • VP of the Developer Division, S. Somasegar and Joe Wilson, MS director of Academic Initiatives, served as Microsoft hosts for the event 

Check out these videos of the Imagine Cup at channel 9.

Next year, France will proudly host Imagine Cup 2008 in Paris. The theme will be “Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment.”

If you have what it takes.. check out the Imagine Cup website – http://www.imaginecup.com/.

Sorry for delaying so much between my last post and this one! Believe me, i had been really busy.
I beg you all that before reading this article, just read the last one I posted.
This article is from Jim Stroud –
You can’t escape the comparisons.
You can’t escape the rumors and speculation.
You can’t dodge it in the halls at Redmond, nor in the airport while waiting for a plane.

Google is doing this, that, and the other thing.
Where is Microsoft? How are they responding? Are they nervous? Are they scared?
Or…maybe…(gasp!) Microsoft is dead (insert dramatic music here).

For those who have bought into the propaganda program that Microsoft is yesterday’s company, please, please, please allow me to offer you this simple reality check.  Here are a few quotes from diverse sources to consider (just in-case you think I am only “drinking the kool-aid”).

Why Google IS Afraid of Microsoft, Big Time


Microsoft pummels Google in the “In-Game Advertsing” space.  How?  Google buys a small San-Fran company to meet the challenge.  Microsoft buys the world-leader in the industry for In-game advertising.

Microsoft delivers a solid uppercut in Voice-activated local directory assistance.  How?  Google announces an experimental service that may not be available at all times and may not work for all users. (Cute)  Microsoft acquires TellMe Networks.  Heard of them?  Most likely, you’ve been using them for the longest time.  Almost half of all directory assistance calls are processed on TellMe’s voice platform, and roughly one in three Americans use Tellme every year to get things done.

Assertion that Microsoft’s ‘Dead’ Doesn’t Compute


“When a software runs more than 90% of the desktops on the planet — and will for the foreseeable future — it’s simply not dead.”
“Windows runs on the vast majority of desktops in the world; Linux and OSX make up less than 10% combined”
(Microsoft) “…earned $12.6 billion after taxes in its last fiscal year”

Who is the true innovator?

Sure Google releases lots of freebies to the masses, but let’s look at what Uncle Sam has to say, shall we? The US Patent Office issues a report for every calendar year on the leading companies that have filed new inventions. Guess who was #12 on the list for 2006? Guess who was #18 on the list in 2005? Go ahead guess… Okay, I’ll tell you – Microsoft. Now, guess who will be on the list next year, quite possibly higher than #12 and who (most likely) will not be. Go ahead, I’ll wait for your answer.
I understand that several of Google’s original team will be vesting their stock soon and (presumably) heading for greener pastures. I don’t blame them! But follow this link to get an idea of what some of our retirees are doing. Just a thought…

So is Google a real competitor to Microsoft? Sure they are, no doubt, but so is that garage startup down the street.  And I doubt either of them will put us out of business.

Your thoughts?

– Akshaya (ex-Googler)

I wanted to share this article that I found.  I was stunned by these statistics!  How does it make me feel to work for a company that is truly THIS successful?  It was a reality check for me and put things into a perspective that I didn’t have before.  How would you feel if you were a part of all this success?  This is proof that Microsoft is definitely alive and kicking!
10 Reinvigorating Facts About Microsoft’s Profits 

Joe Panettieri: I have written extensively about Microsoft’s (NasdaqGS: MSFT) problems. But last week, I got a stunning reminder about the company’s power. It takes Microsoft only 10 hours of business to exceed Red Hat’s entire quarterly profit. Skeptical? Check out the math, and nine other facts about Microsoft’s most recent earnings report.
Microsoft last week announced quarterly revenue of $14.4 billion and net income of $4.93 billion. In other words, Microsoft’s daily net income is about $55 million. That’s $55 million in pure profit every 24 hours. Do some quick math and you’ll learn it takes Microsoft only about…

  • 10 hours or so (yes, hours!) to exceed Red Hat’s (NYSE: RHT – News) quarterly net income of $20.5 million.
  • Four days to exceed Research In Motion’s (NasdaqGS: RIMM) quarterly net income of $187.9 million.
  • Four days to exceed Starbucks’ (NasdaqGS: SBUX) quarterly net income of $205 million.
  • One week to exceed Nike’s (NYSE: NKE – News) quarterly net income of $350.8 million.
  • Two weeks to exceed McDonalds’ (NYSE: MCD – News) quarterly net income of $762 million.
  • Two weeks to exceed Apple’s (NasdaqGS: AAPL) quarterly net income of $770 million.
  • 18 days to exceed Google’s (NasdaqGS: GOOG) quarterly net income of $1 billion.
  • 23 days to exceed Coca-Cola’s (NYSE: KO – News) quarterly net income of $1.26 billion.
  • Five weeks to exceed IBM’s (NYSE: IBM – News) quarterly net income of $1.85 billion.
  • 10 weeks to exceed Wal-Mart’s (NYSE: WMT – News) quarterly net income of $3.9 billion.

For a ‘dead’ company, Microsoft’s profits certainly look lively!

It’s pretty incredible to look back 30 years to when Microsoft (Research) was starting and realize how work has been transformed. We’re finally getting close to what I call the digital workstyle.

If you look at this office, there isn’t much paper in it. On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.

The screen on the left has my list of e-mails. On the center screen is usually the specific e-mail I’m reading and responding to. And my browser is on the right-hand screen. This setup gives me the ability to glance and see what new has come in while I’m working on something, and to bring up a link that’s related to an e-mail and look at it while the e-mail is still in front of me.

At Microsoft, e-mail is the medium of choice, more than phone calls, documents, blogs, bulletin boards, or even meetings (voicemails and faxes are actually integrated into our e-mail in-boxes).

I get about 100 e-mails a day. We apply filtering to keep it to that level—e-mail comes straight to me from anyone I’ve ever corresponded with, anyone from Microsoft, Intel, HP, and all the other partner companies, and anyone I know. And I always see a write-up from my assistant of any other e-mail, from companies that aren’t on my permission list or individuals I don’t know. That way I know what people are praising us for, what they are complaining about, and what they are asking.

We’re at the point now where the challenge isn’t how to communicate effectively with e-mail, it’s ensuring that you spend your time on the e-mail that matters most. I use tools like “in-box rules” and search folders to mark and group messages based on their content and importance.

I’m not big on to-do lists. Instead, I use e-mail and desktop folders and my online calendar. So when I walk up to my desk, I can focus on the e-mails I’ve flagged and check the folders that are monitoring particular projects and particular blogs.

Outlook also has a little notification box that comes up in the lower right whenever a new e-mail comes in. We call it the toast. I’m very disciplined about ignoring that unless I see that it’s a high-priority topic.

Staying focused is one issue; that’s the problem of information overload. The other problem is information underload. Being flooded with information doesn’t mean we have the right information or that we’re in touch with the right people.

I deal with this by using SharePoint, a tool that creates websites for collaboration on specific projects. These sites contain plans, schedules, discussion boards, and other information, and they can be created by just about anyone in the company with a couple of clicks.

Right now, I’m getting ready for Think Week. In May, I’ll go off for a week and read 100 or more papers from Microsoft employees that examine issues related to the company and the future of technology. I’ve been doing this for over 12 years. It used to be an all-paper process in which I was the only one doing the reading and commenting. Today the whole process is digital and open to the entire company.

I’m now far more efficient in picking the right papers to read, and I can add electronic comments that everyone sees in real time.

Microsoft has more than 50,000 people, so when I’m thinking, “Hey, what’s the future of the online payment system?” or “What’s a great way to keep track of your memories of your kid?” or any neat new thing, I write it down. Then people can see it and say, “No, you’re wrong” or “Did you know about this work being done at such-and-such a place?”

SharePoint puts me in touch with lots of people deep in the organization. It’s like having a super-website that lets many people edit and discuss—far more than the standard practice of sending e-mails with enclosures. And it notifies you if anything comes up in an area you’re interested in.

Another digital tool that has had a big effect on my productivity is desktop search. It has transformed the way I access information on my PC, on servers, and on the Internet. With larger hard drives and increasing bandwidth, I now have gigabytes of information on my PC and servers in the form of e-mails, documents, media files, contact databases, and so on.

Instead of having to navigate through folders to find that one document where I think a piece of information might be, I simply type search terms into a toolbar and all the e-mails and documents that contain that information are at my fingertips. The same goes for phone numbers and email addresses.

Paper is no longer a big part of my day. I get 90% of my news online, and when I go to a meeting and want to jot things down, I bring my Tablet PC. It’s fully synchronized with my office machine so I have all the files I need. It also has a note-taking piece of software called OneNote, so all my notes are in digital form.

The one low-tech piece of equipment still in my office is my whiteboard. I always have nice color pens, and it’s great for brainstorming when I’m with other people, and even sometimes by myself.

The whiteboards in some Microsoft offices have the ability to capture an image and send it up to the computer, almost like a huge Tablet PC. I don’t have that right now, but probably I’ll get a digital whiteboard in the next year. Today, if there’s something up there that’s brilliant, I just get out my pen and my Tablet PC and recreate it.

Days are often filled with meetings. It’s a nice luxury to get some time to go write up my thoughts or follow up on meetings during the day. But sometimes that doesn’t happen. So then it’s great after the kids go to bed to be able to just sit at home and go through whatever e-mail I didn’t get to. If the entire week is very busy, it’s the weekend when I’ll send the long, thoughtful pieces of e-mail. When people come in Monday morning, they’ll see that I’ve been quite busy— they’ll have a lot of e-mail.

Symantec has thrown everything it has at Windows Vista. Backdoors, Keyloggers, Rootkits, Mass mailers, Trojan horses, Spyware and adware and also uncategorized binaries were all executed on Windows Vista. Symantec stated that it has used its own virus repository as well as those of security partners as sources for the binaries.

“The results showed that 3 percent of backdoors can successfully execute and survive a system restart on Windows Vista without modification. Other categories include keyloggers, of which 4 percent can successfully execute and survive a system restart, mass mailers (4 percent), Trojans (2 percent), spyware (2 percent), and adware (2 percent). Symantec believes that these percentages would increase dramatically with only minor code changes to make these threats Windows Vista–aware, in turn allowing them to run successfully within the new Windows Vista security model,” Symantec revealed.

Test Results

My Take

Well corporates like Symantec rely on the running of malicious things for their bread and butter and it really fouls up the needs for their product if the OS is strong and resilient enough to tackle majority of malicious thingies.

However as the OS gets more torn apart there will be more vulnerabilities coming up which might get exploited. However its a jewel in the crown of Microsoft that their effort of making a secure OS has paid off. Microsoft released Vista after a long wait and it seems that they have done a good job !