Reports: OOXML Wins ISO Approval

Lora Bentley

As of this writing, there had been been no ISO announcement to the public, but Microsoft announced Tuesday that its Office Open XML document format has won approval as an ISO/IEC standard.


The process wasn't an easy one; many criticized Microsoft's vote-gathering tactics from the beginning and continued to do so for more than a year. In fact, the questions continue even after the "unofficial" results were made known. InformationWeek reports that Norway wants its vote for approval thrown out. Citing "serious irregularities," a representative of the delegation says the vote does not reflect the wishes of its members.


At first I was wont to brush off Microsoft's press release as premature, given that the results are still unofficial and Norway is protesting. However, ODF proponent and legal expert Andy Updegrove, blogging at, suggests otherwise. He notes that the results have been confirmed by reliable sources. From Updegrove's blog:

Updated: 1. I have now received confirmation from a second source that these results are accurate.


Result of voting P-Members voting: 24 in favour out of 32 = 75 % (requirement >= 66.66%) (P-Members having abstained are not counted in this vote.) Member bodies voting: 10 negative votes out of 71 = 14 % (requirement <= 25%) Approved

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