December 19, 2005
Microsoft Needs to Get The Facts Straight on OpenDocument
According to Andy Updegrove, an attorney who blogs on the OpenDocument battle, "the gratuitous and false statements about Sun, ODF and OASIS add a jarring note that represents at best a PR gaffe, and at worst an indication of the degree to which Ecma may allow Microsoft to write the script for the standards process to be conducted in its name." Updegrove goes on to point out that it would be difficult for the OASIS OpenDocument Technical Committee to focus on Microsoft's customers since Microsoft chose not to join the committee. Microsoft, a member of OASIS, had opportunities early on to participate in the OpenDocument TC. Even now the door remains open to them.