Four Nations Fight Microsoft Doc Standard

Brazil, Venezuela, South Africa and India target format
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 3:26 PM CDT
CEO of Microsoft Corporation Steve Ballmer, looks on, during the meeting of the Hungarian Parliament's IT Committee in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, May 19, 2008.   (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
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(Newser) – Four nations have appealed to stop the fast-track adoption of Microsoft’s Office Open XML file format as an international standard, a world standards body announced yesterday. Venezuela, Brazil, South Africa and India have all appealed. The exact reason is unknown, but many have complained that the March vote to approve Open XML was rushed, Reuters reports. Adoption would help Microsoft land more public-sector contracts worldwide.