MS is the de facto standard. MS Office represents almost the entire professional office suite install base.
As for forcing MS to 'share' (I call it robbery when you force someone to give you something, btw) because they have produced the most successful office software ... well, I hope I don't have to explain what happens when you punish those who succeed to 'level' the market for those who don't.
Can't argue with the de facto std. It still is, but seems they are only asking to share the communication code so others could follow and be compatible with MS office's standard. It is like the people's asking the king to give them the law so they could live.
Sigh indeed. Your memory got the bits about MS have problems in Europe correct, but you really massacred the details.
massacred the details, thats' funny.
Anyway, in Europe if I remembered right for 10 years MS had to pay up on a fine for the code sharing. And recently I believe they lost the anti-trust case so they are now have no choice but to share the communication code out with partners.
However, seems during that 10-year period the industry didn't wait for it to settle but to look for other forms of open standard. They came up with the ODF, open document format. The format which is now official ISO standard.
I guess MS didn't like the idea, so they have the OOXML, open office xml. Right now still in the process of fighting it and try to be an ISO standard.
Some countries in Europe and some government here in the US and commercial companies are using ODF.
Please correct me if the above info. isn't accurate. Would be great if more would add on the latest development.