After so much prognostication about standards in the abstract, it struck me today that it's worth taking a moment to look at Open XML through a different lens. Does it make a difference for people who are using it? Is it doing what it was supposed to do?

I'm going to step away from the tit-for-tat debates and simply point to a few examples of where Open XML is helping to solve real-world issues. I believe that whether or not a specification is relevant to the marketplace is a crucial factor in determining its value as an international standard.

And before anyone gets their hair in a knot - I'm sure you could post logos of people using ODF - fine, groovy for ODF. If that is what you see from this list, then you are missing the point. I have always advocated choice in formats...and will continue to do so. For Open XML - no matter what other formats are out there - the real test is in whether or not it is used by organizations to meet the challenges of their business. Period.

[note: each of these is linked to a case study about how Open XML is helping their org.]

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