Sure that World is interested in OOXML?

[last update on 2007-07-24]

Let's ask Google for OOXML file extensions

Asking to the most popular and powerful searching engine in Internet we must get a good picture of how is it going the adoption of Microsoft OOXML in the world. Let's take in care that Microsoft released its new version of MS-Office 2007 at the end of 2006 and that MS-OOXML is its format by default.

Eight months should be enough for the best marketing campaigner company in the world. Isn't it?

So, for example, let's query "filetype:docx", the extension of the files of the text processor. It should be most popular:

OOXML text documents in Internet

Hey! Only 898 documents in the whole Internet!
Uhmmm, something is not going right, Microsoft. Remember that there are more than 2 billion users in Internet. You should improve your efforts…

Let's query now "filetype:xlsx", the one of the spreadsheets:

OOXML spreadsheets in Internet

Ugghh! Only 179 spreadsheets!
Microsoft: Sure that anybody is using this???

And now "filetype:pptx", the one for the popular (funny/stupid) presentations that everybody shares through e-mail and web:

OOXML presentations in Internet

Bad! Very bad! Only 732 presentations!
It looks that funny presentations doesn't like the "alternative format of Microsoft".

But the study wouldn't be right if would take in care those documents that are published by the father of the creature itself. Let's check how many of the found document come from microsoft.com:

filetype:docx site:microsoft.com answers with 161 documents a 18% of all the existing ones in Internet.

filetype:xlsx site:microsoft.com gives 4 documents a 2% of the total ones.

filetype:pptx site:microsoft.com gives us 336 a 46% (!) of all the existing OOXML presentations in Internet.

Surely, those proportions would grow up significantly if we would take in care the Microsoft partners. But, let's concede to Microsoft that we haven't notice that they are almost the only ones publishing their format in Internet.

The fact anyway is that when querying to Google about the file extensions of OOXML (docx, xlsx and pptx) the answers are showing the reality so clear: almost nobody use OOXML.

Microsoft, sure that we aren't just in front of one more of your vaporware campaigns?

Comparation with OpenDocument (ISO/IEC 26300) extensions

First let's query "filetype:odt", the one of the text processor, that should be most popular:

OpenDocument text documents in Internet

Great! 93500 documents in Internet!
It seems that OpenDocument text format is widely used in the world.

And second for "filetype:ods", the one of the spreadsheets:

OpenDocument spreadsheets in Internet

Good! 21100 spreadsheets published!
The world uses and publishes ODS spreadsheets!

And now for "filetype:odp", the one for the popular (funny/stupid) presentations that everybody shares through e-mail and web:

OpenDocument presentations in Internet

Not bad! 50300 presentations!
People like ODP format!

Let's show this in a table for easier comparison:

Document type OOXML ISO 26300 OOXML in % ISO 26300 in % Ratio ODF/OOXML
texts 898 93500 0,95% 99,05% 104,12 more times
spreadsheets 179 21100 0,84% 99,16% 117,88 more times
presentations 732 50300 1,43% 98,57% 68,72 more times

Who is not saying the true?

We all know that Google and Microsoft are not so friendly competitors. But, if Microsoft is arguing that they have more than 1700 companies backing OOXML, how is it possible that these companies aren't publishing anything in Internet on OOXML format? More companies than documents… Strange…

Who lies: Microsoft? Or is the old and well reputed Google searcher?

At least Google shows a tendency in the adoption of OOXML and OpenDocument that have all the sense and coherency:
Rob Weir: So where are all the OOXML documents?

Summary of results

In summary, why the world is wasting as much time in standardizing a format that is platform dependent, that is closed, that is partly secret, that ties to one only vendor, that only one application can open almost correctly, that is infested of software patents, that can be completely closed with DRMs,…?

Wouldn't it be better to get Microsoft Office implementing the existing, widely used and already standardized ISO/IEC 26300? Why everybody must waste its time checking a poor quality and tricky format of Microsoft?