Earlier this week IBM announced that it intends to wage war against Microsoft in the worldÃ¢â¬â¢s standards bodies. The motivation for this bellicose declaration was IBMÃ¢â¬â¢s stinging defeat last Spring in its battle to prevent the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) from ratifying MicrosoftÃ¢â¬â¢s de facto office document standard (OOXML).
The thing that galls me about IBMÃ¢â¬â¢s position is the flagrant hypocrisy behind this whole open standards campaign. In a nutshell, Big Blue conspicuously fails to practice what it preaches.
October 3, 2008