I guess this is ISO standard week, as there are several other stories I'm following on the subject, as well, and may have to post.
The Microsoft OOXML format really can't be a standard and the reasons are all laid out in this press release. Redmond is trying to sneak it in through the back door. Hopefully, cooler and more discerning heads will prevail. This is an important action because there are still undisclosed legal liabilities attached to OOXML that might well prevent an independant implementation completely, or cripple one. Either way results in Microsoft being able to preserve their customer lock-in to formats and approval as an international standard would make this legal.