Microsoft Under More EU Fire

Company's push for Office approval in spotlight
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Feb 8, 2008 12:43 PM CST
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(Newser) – Shortly after the EU announced two new antitrust probes focusing on Microsoft, investigators are scrutinizing the company again. In question this time is whether Microsoft broke antitrust laws during a push last year to get its Office software file format approved as an international standard, reports the Wall Street Journal.

In September, Microsoft lost a first vote on whether to give its new Open XML Office file format the approval of the International Organization for Standardization. ISO's imprimatur makes selling to governments easier. But in the lead-up to the balloting, large numbers of Microsoft supporters joined various countries’ standards bodies, sparking accusations that the firm was attempting to stack the committees.