While the rest of the world was anticipating, observing and then critiquing the latest iPod releases, Microsoft made some big announcements this week. The news for Microsoft fans is mixed at best.

The software giant’s attempt to have the OOXML format admitted as a standard by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has failed following a rejection from New Zealand, Sweden’s yes vote invalidated for “ballot stuffing”, and Britain refusing to make clear their position.

Australia responded with a trademark shrug, abstaining from the vote. The appropriateness of leaving the decision in overseas nations hands during the hosting of the APEC conference was not lost on many.

In other Microsoft news, this week the company announced the release of Silverlight. Their Linux partner Novell quickly announced the release of a Linux version, making the claims of a cross platform implementation seem slightly more realistic. Leaving Linux matters entirely up to their partners may be Microsoft’s plan for dealing with the GPLv3 writes BuilderAU’s Chris Duckett in his blog.

Microsoft also made an announcement regarding Windows Server 2008: It’s been pushed back to first quarter 2008. The server product was due to ship by the end of the year.

On the other side of the coin, gaming (of the adult kind) company Tattersalls has released news of their decision to dump Linux in favour of Windows across it’s Maxgaming business.

A merry APEC to all, and to all a good weekend.