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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

By Mayank Sharma on April 01, 2008 (7:08:01 PM)

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GREEDMOND, WA -- Bruised, battered, fined, and ridiculed over its fight for OOXML acceptance, Microsoft has decided it's had enough. The company is so angry with ISO that it has decided to form its own standard-setting organization.

"As the world's leading software company, we weren't very happy with the treatment meted out to us by ISO," complains company spokesperson Ican Leek. "ISO is too slow, explicit, and factual. We have several projects in the pipeline that are stalled because ISO likes to give people time to think. This is unacceptable."

Microsoft has now taken it upon itself to show how things are done -- by forming a new standards body. It expects its new body, called League of Extraordinary Standards (LES), to revolutionize computing. "It's the equivalent of Web 2.0 of the standards world, the missing link. With LES we'll do more. We'll connect users and suppliers like never before," says Leek

The company has already started selecting members for the organization. Calling the existing ISO system of selecting national members "corrupt," Microsoft claims its membership guidelines are "fairer to corporate and national users alike." So far Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Congo, Jamaica, and Tunisia have all signed up to be part of LES. "This group represents a healthy cross-section of the computing world," Leek maintains. "This is obviously a more inclusive body than the ISO, which is full of representatives from old-fashioned colonial powers like Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and Sri Lanka."

At a preliminary meeting held earlier this week, members of the new body met at Microsoft headquarters to hammer out a plan of action for the coming months. One of the items discussed was an update to ODF, which runs the risk of losing its status of being a standard when ISO is replaced by LES. But Leek believes ODF can be made compatible with OOXML despite the fact that the ODF developers "didn't leave enough room for innovation."

The new format, tentatively called ODF-PRO, is a "100% free, patented version of the old format that'll be free to use in any operating system as long as its Windows Vista or something more expensive." Calling backwards-compatibility a thing of the past, Leek says the new body is more concerned with interoperability between member countries. "Not all of them begin their week on Sundays," he says, "or use the standard European alphabet we prefer here at Microsoft headquarters. But that's okay. We'll teach them how to get along in the modern IT world, even if we have to give all the representatives free Zune music players and a few thousand shares of Microsoft stock to motivate them."

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 80.254.84.207] on April 01, 2008 07:15 PM
I don't get it. What's the point in doing all these OBVIOUSLY fictional stories on April 1st? Next year, try and wisen up a bit further, and do something more subtle. As it is, it's pointless reading news today.

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Re: ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.248.93.200] on April 01, 2008 08:58 PM
agreed. now I have to explain to my boss why I'm getting so much work done.

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Re: ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 212.70.170.122] on April 02, 2008 06:30 AM
The story is good. You just OBVIOUSLY have no sense of humor.

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 91.142.2.2] on April 01, 2008 08:08 PM
Because in subtle jokes you can't come up with mega cool jokes like LES

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 24.67.175.212] on April 01, 2008 08:08 PM
I kind of wish this story was real, because thats how much i love to hate M$ XD

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 159.238.13.56] on April 01, 2008 08:21 PM
It would not be funny if it were not true. Unfortunately, although they never express it this way, this is exactly what they have been doing for years.

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 209.64.87.68] on April 01, 2008 08:22 PM
It is an obvious April Fool's gimmick but I would not be surprised if Microsoft were to do something like that.

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So far Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Congo, Jamaica, and Tunisia

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 192.122.250.249] on April 01, 2008 08:25 PM
I love the cross selection of countries.

I would not be shocked to see something similar to this coming from any huge company. They would just be a bit sneakier about it.

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 206.212.23.182] on April 01, 2008 08:45 PM
The list of former colonial powers is amusing.

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 97.91.171.182] on April 01, 2008 08:57 PM
M$ has pulled crap like this in the past so even though this is an April Fool's joke, it is a very real possibility.

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 71.35.123.118] on April 02, 2008 02:13 AM
April first has become a day, thanks to sites like Linux.com, in which it isn't beneficial to even read any articles.

Dear Linux.com: You don't really have to fall in line with the rest of the idiots on this planet.

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 151.188.247.104] on April 02, 2008 02:37 AM
HAHAHAHA! Unlike some of the other posters here, I found this quite funny. It reminds me of the 1990's email about Microsoft purchasing the Almighty Himself and calling it "Microsoft God."

Sadly, some of the other posters here that say this wouldn't be far off the mark for MS actually have a point.

--SYG

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Would have been more realistic if...

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 129.240.235.122] on April 02, 2008 11:32 AM
If only the article had been about ECMA, and Microsoft adding ISO to its corporate portfolio.

It wouldn't have been very amusing, though: too close to the situation in the real world.

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hahahahah

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 208.66.21.226] on April 02, 2008 03:19 PM
I just laughed my butt off, now I need to go explain to my boss why I was laughing and not working :)

I don't hate Microsoft, I simply hate their poor products, such as windows, exchange, word, excel, and most of all Access!!! But hey, Outlook is a REALLY good program, so long as your NOT using exchange as your provider hahahahahahahaha.

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 146.83.131.24] on April 02, 2008 10:39 PM

ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 172.19.144.170] on April 03, 2008 01:41 PM
Seriously, a good one... I just loved it.... I am really disappointed that OOXML got approved by ISO, given the fact that major, innovative companies like IBM, Google and the rest support ODF. Its just a way for the microsoft to make money. It does not have the 'Do no Evil' policy that Google has...

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ISO doesn't get it, says Microsoft; starts new international IT standards body

Posted by: netcat on April 10, 2008 12:07 PM
Hilarious.... too good

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