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ISO Rejects Microsoft's OOXML

The International Organisation for Standardisation has rejected Microsoft's Office Open XML (external link) (OOXML) document format as an international standard. The Open Document Format (used in OpenOffice.org) is already an international standard.

Late last week, the Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) nullified its vote for the Microsoft document standard (external link). Earlier, Microsoft had been accused of offering benefits to partner companies to vote in support of OOXML. However, the SIS denies any connection between the accusations and the nullification.

A second vote on the format will take place early next year.