Microsoft's Office Open XML document format recently fell one vote short in its quest to become a internationally recognized standard to rival the Open Document Format, reports InfoWorld.
The International Organization for Standardization approved ODF last year, which could give it the advantage with organizations that prefer standards-based technology.
According to idm.net.au, Microsoft had tried to fast-track Open XML by getting the backing of the International Committee for Information Technology Standards, but its executive committee failed to provide the required nine votes for approval. It notes Open XML still could gain ISO approval, but that will take time, during which ODF could become the format of choice for many organizations.
Open XML is the default file format in Office 2007.