"Microsoft's interest in fast tracking co-insides with the growing mandate from national and local governments that their software confirms to standards, and are no longer proprietary. Microsoft, of course, got a very high-profile pants dusting in the US commonwealth of Massachusetts on this issue."
Not to mention their dirty tricks
which eventually forced out CIO Louis Gutierrez.
"Document formats have played a critical role in helping Microsoft to secure and maintain its dominance of the office-productivity applications market, with more than 400 million users of its Office software worldwide"
But then... some of us will just bury our heads in the sand and accuse others of being paranoid.