May 19, 2006
First Draft of Open XML is Published by Ecma
Andy Updegrove writes "The first draft of Open XML has been posted for public viewing. According to Microsof'ts Brian Jones, the specification is now 4,000 pages long, the result of an effort to describe everything that Office can produce - right down to 200 legacy border patterns. While that's good for interoperability, it may not be good for innovation, since it means that only clones will meet the spec. It may also be bad for competition, since no would-be competitor would expect to be able to catch up with Microsoft, much less compete on price."