Microsoft New Zealand managing director Helen Robinson used her opening remarks at the Tech Ed conference in Auckland today to ask developers to "encourage" Standards New Zealand to support the Open XML file format.
Robinson said Open XML is about "backwards compatibility", ensuring access to the many documents already in existence and now in multiple different versions and formats. Flyers were also distributed during Tech Ed sessions to get developers energised to back Microsoft's quest to make Open XML a recognised standard.
In March, Standards New Zealand objected to a fast track consideration of the Microsoft-sponsored format.
Tech Ed kicked off this morning with 2,100 developers and IT professionals assembled at the Sky City complex to hear keynotes from experience guru Lou Carbone and Microsoft's director of web architecture Michael Platt.
Carbone talked about the user experience and the importance of emotions. Computerworld will carry extended coverage of his and other speeches throughout the day.