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  • Blog Post: Eclipse Revisited - this time Windows 7

    Back in February we posted about Eclipse support for SIlverlight , and this week we announced a major milestone to tune Eclipse for WIndows 7. We're working with Tasktop technology to drive the project which will consist of developing updates to the Eclipse IDE that will incorporate new features available...
  • Blog Post: GPL v2 double play

    A couple of great milestones this week related to code contribution. Yesterday (perhaps the shot heard around the world in terms of software interoperability), Microsoft, for the first time, released code - some 22K lines - to the Linux community for inclusion in the Linux kernel (nothing more on this...
  • Blog Post: common ground between Microsoft and the OSS community is more common than not these days...

    When I speak to an audience about Microsoft's partnership with Novell, I often frame the discussion around two themes: customer centricity and IP bridge building . The former deals with the fact that vendors should proactively work together to solve interoperability issues in the market (with partners...
  • Blog Post: News from OSCON 08

    Check out Sam Ramji's post on port 25, ' history.foward() '. As per his keynote today at OSCON, he outlines some new developments around Microsoft's support for open source interoperability: ADOdb contributions to support PHP connectivity to SQL Server , support for the Apache Software Foundation , and...
  • Blog Post: The connected experience and a bit on how we got here...

    I hate that I missed Bill's keynote at CES, but this article provides a solid recap of some interesting philosophy on the future of technology and how we use it to drive the connected experience. Coming from the wireless space, I am very comfortable with the idea of a ubiquitous computing infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Open XML approved by ECMA

    Today marks a very important day on interoperability for Microsoft. Following a series of events that include the Open Specification Promise , the Interoperability Executive Customer Council , the Interoperability Vendor Alliance , and of course our partnership with Novell , ECMA (European association...
  • Blog Post: Need details on the Open Spec Promise? Check out Channel 9...

    If you have 30 minutes and are keenly interested in how Microsoft's new Open Specification Promise works, check out this video at Channel 9. Included in the clip are Jean Paoli, General Manager of Interoperability & XML Architecture; Tom Robertson, General Manager of IP and Corportate Standards Strategy;...
  • Blog Post: Zend joins Microsoft to optimize PHP for Windows Server

    This morning Zend and Microsoft announced a technical collaboration to drive improved performance for running PHP on Windows Server. Having worked with both technologies on multiple projects, I think this is timely and a great effort toward improved interoperability for the developer community as a whole...
  • Blog Post: Is it really open vs. proprietary?

    ...Or how well it works together. Its really about how well we connect people, data, and diverse systems to make processes more efficient right? It should not matter what the pieces are. Leave the choice of configuration to those who best know what they need. We'll meet them where they are! I am borrowing...
  • Blog Post: IBM on Open Source

    I found this post over at ipblog.org which puts in perspective how Big Blue really thinks about open source software: So Much for IBM’s Commitment to Open Source . In all fairness their business model doesn’t surprise me at all. With an emphasis on growth (what else right?), an IP portfolio that – for...
  • Blog Post: Openness @ Microsoft…

    Furthering our commitment to working broadly with the IT community to drive interoperability, Microsoft announced an Open Specification Promise this morning to make a number of web service specs freely available to the development community. Follow the link above to see the text. If you want to know...
  • Blog Post: First 'Open' Movie...

    First Open Movie… I have been fascinated by open source technology and business models for some time - the following caught my attention recently. Earlier this year, a small team of CG developers and animators, working as part of what is known as the Orange Open Movie Project, completed what...
  • Blog Post: A little ingenuity and some smart developers...

    …Go along way. And we see the results of such efforts paying off in a big way for the government of Massachusetts who decided earlier this week to leverage a new openDocument Format converter built for Microsoft Office. You may remember that, a few months ago, the state of Mass decided that the recently...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability is People First...

    Writing in from Berlin, where I just saw some great news on the wire... We often discuss interoperability in terms of technology which, in and of itself, drives intense debate about best practices. Open source proponents posit that interoperability is best achieved through standards, while Microsoft...
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