The story so far.
Disclamer- this is an fictional piece, fiction been the the only form of truth that pro MS types believe.
I would like to illustrate the infamous ODF MS-OOXML debate with an analogy, using a football match.
So we have a football match in progress and it is half time. The ODF team, against the pundits predictions, is leading the MS-OOXML team 2 to 0.
While not having the resources of MS at there disposal, the ODF manager has concentrated on building a good, fit balanced team which integrates well and does a good, serviceable job with some flashes of brilliance.
On the other hand, the MS manager, having long since forgotten what competition was has just slapped together a team without any real planning. In reality, the MS manager doesn't know shit about running a side. As such, he has names in his side which and now ancient and crippled (Pele), once functional but now past usefulness (Beckham) and the obligatory bloat (Maradona). Looks good on paper but is not balanced on the pitch and does very few things excellently, some things well and things at times woefully.
From the beginning, the game did not mean much to MS. To MS-OOXML it seemed like a mere indulgence letting ODF compete with them, a PR exercise to show what a bunch of nice, co-operative people MS are. But as the half progressed, it became apparent to MS that it needed to win and a loss could seriously weaken the foundations of the company. As two goals were slotted home for the ODF team, panic at MS started to set in. So they hastily cobbled together a strategy to 'even things between the teams' which they implemented at half time. The plan was to make some 'minor, necessary changes' for the second half. After 'negotiating with officials' in the time honored and expensive way, the changes were:
1)All MS players plus substitutes and emergencies allowed on the pitch at the same time.
2)The two ODF goal scorers red carded and no substitutes at all for second half.
3)When the Norwegian referee awarded a penalty to either side, the MS-OOXML side would take the benefit.
In its generosity, MS allowed the two goals to stand. I mean, disallowing the goals would be unfair and counter to the lofty goals MS stands for, fairness and competition. And fairness and competition are core values at MS and it made sure everyone knew that interfering in the score was abhorrent to it's principles. Changing the playing conditions though was fine, it would make things more 'even' and benefit the fans and spectators only. The spectacle of the game was important to MS only, not just winning. They do this stuff for the people, never for self interest.
Predictably, the press swallowed the line. If they didn't, no more free team shirts and VIP passes etc. A minority grumbled, but they have an agenda and an axe to grind. The nay-sayers will never,ever be satisfied and thus can be dismissed by all the MS true believers who love the golden glow of their favorite team. After all it was only a football match, no harm in bending the rules slightly, especially if it means better competition and benefit for fans. And MS is the biggest team with the most supporters and we all love to back the winning side, don't we, no matter the cost.
Naturally, the bookies shortened the odds to have MS-OOXML once again the outright favorite to win with ODF long odds.
But I would not mind a tenner on that ODF team. Could pay off handsomely in the end.