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Brazil, India, South Africa appeal new standard status for Microsoft Office

Brazil, India and South Africa have lodged an appeal against a decision to grant international standard recognition to Microsoft's Office software package, a standards agency overseeing the case said on Friday.

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May 30, 2008, 09.56 PM IST
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GENEVA: Brazil, India and South Africa have lodged an appeal against a decision to grant international standard recognition to Microsoft's Office software package, a standards agency overseeing the case said on Friday.

"The appeals were filed during the course of the week," said Jonathan Buck, head of communications for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

The IEC and fellow standards agency the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) will now spend 30 days evaluating whether the appeals meet the necessary criteria.

If so, the appeals will then be considered by the technical appeals committees of both organisations, Buck said.

He added could not give details on the content of the appeals because of the confidential nature of the process.

Last month, a vote by national member bodies of ISO approved recognition of Microsoft Office by a 75 percent threshhold, following a previous vote in September 2007 when 26 percent of members opposed the move.

Microsoft said in April that the vote was a "clear win for the customers, technology providers and governments that want to choose the format that best meets their needs".
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