Indian comments on Microsoft pressure over OOXML

So we have now had a number of appeals from national bodies over the farcical approval of OOXML at the ISO BRM, so hopefully now we’ll get a proper review (and maybe even a final draft) of the standard that not even Microsoft is implementing.

As part of the associated fallout a letter from the Indian refusal to bow to Microsoft pressure to depart from common sense and to vote against OOXML Dr. Deepak B. Phatak has published an open letter to his fellow committee members detailing Microsofts inappropriate behaviour towards Indian organisations, government and individuals which includes the classic line:

My greatest angst against Microsoft is in their arrogance in telling Indian government about Indian ‘national interest’, particularly at the highest levels of the leadership. One really wonders whether they even properly understand what a nation is.

Good on ya!