It is now confirmed that Sweden will abstain from voting for the ECMA Open Office XML specification (DIS 29500). After the annullation of the result taken on monday the working group could not agree on having a new meeting before the ISO voting procedure. Some of the members did not like to have a new vote - guess who?
So this is the end of the SIS vote for this time. Now, almost everyone have something to say in this matter, except Sweden.
I just recieved new information (in Swedish) that Sweden will not vote Yes for DIS29500 Office Open XML, which I previously reported on. Sweden will instead abstain from voting in the ISO vote on September 2nd.
The SIS board had a meeting this afternoon and annulled the previous result due to that one of the commitee members had participated with more than one vote. I do not know which member, but I figure we all soon will know it...
This is a huge disappointment to me, and especially to those in the working group who has worked so hard for a Yes.
EDIT: spelling corrections - that happens when you are upset :-)
UPDATE: It ain't over 'til the fat lady sings - if SIS can put together a new meeting before the 2nd of September SIS may not abstain from voting.
The XPS viewer is a part of their upcoming version of the NiXPS platform, which is a cross-platform application for inspecting and manipulating XPS files. It is currently in beta but I think that this new version with the improved XPS previewing abilities will really boost the application.
I have observed this procedure, but not actively participated in it since the first working group meeting a few months ago. At that time it felt pretty comfortable and the Yes vote was in reach.
When this day approached both camps, the pro Office Open XML team and the no-sayers both gathered their forces for the final battle. We all entered the meeting at the last possible minute and we all was signed in to the meeting.
Starting with IBM, a number of representatives ran out of the conference room mumbling and cursing when they realised in which direction the vote would go - and the vote result was clear to most of us. After a presentation round and a round of all members commenting their voting intentions, we all thought that it would be a quick vote.
The representative from IllumiNet, flanked with Sun and Google, did try to convince all the yes-sayers for a long time and the discussion went pretty harsh! I have to give credit to the guy, who fought for his cause and really had put some time into the specification. Finally someone asked him "if ODF was up for voting, would you let it pass through"? After some thinking he answered "No, I would not!". This ended the discussion.
The vote went quick and it was
2625 votes for yes and 6 for no. Read the press release from SIS here (in swedish).
Now we all have to wait and see what will happen on september the 2nd when the global vote will take place...
UPDATE: Correct amount of yes votes is 25. 26 was taken from my head when writing this one and 25 is according to my meeting notes.
The XPS site at www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps just had an extreme makeover, to fit in to the new Microsoft website. It is basically the same content but easier to read and look on. It seems like not all is done yet, some pages still have the old layout, so I expect some more improvements/additions...
The most interesting thing is the new XPS Technology Showcase part which contains references of XPS enabled hardware and software. Go check it out if you are looking for any XPS applications.
The site also contains a new and nice looking Get an XPS viewer icon. I guess the intention is to get website owners to use it to link to the XPS viewer downloads page.
To take advantage of this feature and to report problems or check for solutions you have to either enable the functionality, default behaviour, or do it manually.
To access the Problem Reports and Solutions center open up the Control Panel and navigate to System and Maintenance and then click on Problem Reports and Solutions. You will see a list of all your problems that has a solutions or if there are more information on any of your reported problems.
The image belows shows my current problems.
If you click on any of the problems or solutions you will get to a new page displaying more information on the subject. The image below shows what is displayed when I click on the highlighted problem in the picture above. Highlighted in the image below is a link to one of the Performance and Reliability patches just recently released to the public, and these patches are a result of users reporting problems with this function - so If you don't have it enabled then enable it...
To manually check for new solutions and report all your problems, just click on the Check for new solutions task and Vista will start to send information to Microsoft.
Not all of the problems can be reported automatically or without your interaction, once in a while you are asked to send more information. This will happen if the information being sent may contain personal or seneitive information about you or your account.
To get a summary of all your problems click on the View problem history task and it will bring up a (eventually) long list of problems. You can click on anyone of these and get more information and status on the problem and even check what information was sent to Microsoft.
As you can see in the image below not only problems are reported we also have improvement suggestions sent to the the Office team with suggestions on words for the Proofing tools.
From the task pane to the left of the interface you also have the option to clear all your problems, feels great sometimes :-)
You can change the settings of your error reporting by clicking on the Change Settings task and there change if you would like to report and check automatically or manually. You can even tune it even further and block certain programs from reporting.
Windows Vista is currently suffering from some major issues with performance and reliability when for example resuming from standby, when you are using graphic intensive applications (read playing games :-) or when you are copying files (especially over a network).
As of today Microsoft has two new updates for Windows Vista targets some performance and reliability issues.
This one covers some cases when Vista stops responding due to display driver problems as well as some other stuff.
This one fixes the estimated time remaining delay bug as well as some memory leaks and memory management issues.
The updates are not on Windows Update yet, but I expect them to appear there on patch tuesday!
These updates are a result of the Microsoft Error Reporting services built in to Vista. You can also help out by enabling this service. I currently have 411 reported problems...
Download them and tell me if you experience some improvements or not...