Once more, Microsoft is targeting ECMA as the consortium to sign of on their technology. Just as a few years ago, when they submitted parts of the CLR and C#. This time it is the Office ’12’ formats, which have become quite a burden under the current plans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the E.U. and the Country of Denmark: All these three governmental bodies decided to require an open file format for all future forms and documents.
For the longest time, the license that came with the Office XML formats was far less than open – bottomline was: you can look, but you cannot really implement.
Now Microsoft promises that this will change under the ECMA process.