Office Open XML is now in the hands of the ISO which is taking on ODF interoperability. But angry Norwegians stage a demonstration.
European antitrust regulators sent letters earlier in the year to European standards bodies exploring how the standards-setting process was working.
Accusations of irregularities in voting to standardize Office Open XML could mean the results will be challenged. Microsoft expects IBM to push others to appeal.
The Microsoft-backed file formats are now an official standard, despite objections from those who feared that the status would give Redmond yet more market power.
Microsoft confirms Open XML has gained ISO ratification. Looking ahead, expect scrutiny of the standards process and minimal change in the marketplace.
A document circulating Tuesday among standards advocates shows that Office Open XML has the votes necessary to become an ISO standard. Official word is due Wednesday.
Citing "serious irregularities," the head of Norway's standards body lodges a protest and calls for the country's yes vote to be suspended.
Although the voted ended Saturday, people will have to wait a couple of days to find out for sure if Open XML will be certified as an ISO standard.
Amid complaints over Microsoft influence at national standards bodies, tallies from official and unofficial sources show that Office Open XML will pass as ISO standard.
A final vote on a multi-year attempt to standardize the Open XML file formats ends this weekend. After all the debate, is the standards process stronger or weaker?