Microsoft today added one more organization to its enemy list. It's Bureau of Indian Standards, commonly known as BIS.
BIS rejected the proposal to make Microsoft's Open XML as a standard. The proposal was voted against by 13 while it gained 5 supporters. It has been said that TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Nasscom and Microsoft voted for the standard while Department of Information Technology (DIT), National Informatics Centre (NIC), CDAC, IIT-Mumbai, IIM-Ahmedabad, Red Hat, IBM and Sun Microsystems voted against it.
Sun, Red Hat and IBM against Microsoft? Does it feel that they are planning for a shared player status by helping others?
So, obviously, the Open Source World is in all cheers. Anyway, BIS is the founder member of ISO and this vote will be considered by ISO voting that happens next month. So, has Microsoft found a new enemy other than the standard regulatory authorities? Will the Standards Organizations of the World join the Open Source bandwagon?
Well, we will have to wait and watch.
(If you want to know more about what is the fight between ODF and OOXML, check this out)