read this article (Microsoft calls on UK public to raise the Office standard)
There is a perfectly good _OPEN_ document standard, why should I want a Microsoft inspired bit of patent encumbered vendor lock in instead?
In any case, seeing as Microsoft are hosting the petition, why should we believe what ever numbers they come up with?
If you want a point by point breakdown of what's wrong with it, try http://www.grokdoc.net/index.php/EOOXML_objections
links collected For counter petition
There's been a counter-petition for a long time
Asking the UK government to adopt the genuinely Open Document Format instead. It's at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/OpenDocument/
You might as well vote for
as well. No I don't know why there are two.
By Andrew Abbass
Here's the real counterpetition.
Forget document formats, they're trying to patent music distribution itself.