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  • Blog Post: Introducing the Microsoft Interoperability Team Blog

    It has been a long while since I have posted, as I have been busy working with the global Microsoft community, helping re-scope/expand our efforts around delivering relevant interoperability solutions between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies worldwide. We recognize that effective interoperability...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup – Interoperability Award Finalists

    I am a couple weeks late on this one as I have been traveling, but I would like to congratulate Team Ecologix (Brazil), Team SKAN (India), and Team Together (Poland) – our 3 finalist teams for the 2008 Imagine Cup Interoperability Award! These 3 teams will be invited to Paris, France next month for...
  • Blog Post: Interop Las Vegas 2008 – Day 2

    Day 2 was all about Partners – those who we are working with through the Interop Vendor Alliance as well as a host of companies building solutions that interoperate with Microsoft NAP technology. Video: Interop Las Vegas 2008 - Day 2 -C
  • Blog Post: Interop Las Vegas 2008 – Day 1

    I am not Ryan Seacrest. With that in mind, here is a quick recap of Tuesday's activities at Interop Las Vegas. Video: Interop Las Vegas 2008 - Day 1 Thanks to Grant Williams and Jessica Evans for putting the video together! UPDATE: You can now watch Bob Muglia's Interop Las Vegas keynote online...
  • Blog Post: Interoperability on tap @ Interop Las Vegas!

    Again this year we will be talking interoperability at the Interop Las Vegas conference. The event is next week (Apr-27 to May-2) at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Microsoft will have a large booth presence where we will be showcasing a the work of many product groups as well as that of Interop...
  • Blog Post: Document Interoperability Roundtables & Labs - Take 2: Seoul, Korea

    The discussion continued Wednesday the 12th in Seoul, when we sat down with representatives from KANOi, Wooam, ECO and Tomotec. Through these discussions we learned that there are a number of very interesting products in the Korean market that are currently taking advantage of open standards-based document...
  • Blog Post: Document Interoperability Roundtables & Labs - Take 1: Cambridge, MA

    As announced yesterday , this week represents the kick-off in a series of technical labs and roundtable discussions that we will be driving focused solely on interoperability between open standards based document formats, including ODF, UOF, Open XML and others. The location selected for round 1 was...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark Program – Free Software for students and a GREAT demonstration of Interoperability

    How do you ensure that somebody, someplace in the world is actually a student (so you can give 'em free software)? This is the challenge that these gentlemen sat down to solve. Through the combined use of Open Source and Microsoft technologies, they have figured out an elegant way to get enrollment verification...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup Interoperability Award – Now Accepting Entries

    The Interoperability Award Contest that I told you about on the Channel 8 interview back in December is now (finally) accepting entries on the Imagine Cup Website . Because it took longer than we anticipated to get the submission rules approved and posted to the site, submissions for the Interoperability...
  • Blog Post: XML 2007 Day 1

    Despite missing 2 flights yesterday (one – snow in my driveway, and one - United Airlines "issue"), I arrived here bright and early at 7:00 am this morning (14 hours later than planned) on 4 hours of sleep (5 hours less than planned). The joint Microsoft / Interop Vendor Alliance booth is up and running...
  • Blog Post: More details on Interop Track @ XML 2007 Conference

    We have secured a number of great well-known speakers from the industry to help lead the discussions at this year's XML 2007 conference! It will be a fun event and hopefully an enlightening one as well. The current schedule & speaker list for the Dec 4 sessions is as follows: 09:00 - Document...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Sponsoring Interoperability Track at XML 2007

    IDEAlliance yesterday announced that Microsoft will be sponsoring an interoperability track at this year's XML 2007 conference in Boston, MA Dec 3-6 (interop track taking place Tuesday the 4 th ). Details about the sessions can be found in the press release . It is going to be a great collection of...
  • Blog Post: Great article on SUN and Microsoft Interop

    Check out this article on www.sun.com today. I love the opening line about the mythical homogeneous data center. It is a perfect description of the world in which we live and why we are spending so much time these days thinking pragmatically about interoperability. The article outlines some great...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches www.microsoft.com/opensource

    Today at OSCON, Microsoft announced a new website on Microsoft.com that outlines our perspective and strategy regarding the Open Source development methodology. Here you will be able to find information about a wide variety of ways that Microsoft is partnering with the Open Source community and leveraging...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Media Center Killer App Found

    I pay pretty close attention to Chris Lanier's blog (and others) as I am a relatively new Media Center user, and historically an early adopter of all things entertainment related. There have been several MCE plug-ins and applications discussed over the past several months, and I have tested a number...
  • Blog Post: Java Open XML API Project officially launched!

    The Java API library project started by Julien Chable ( Wygwam France) has officially launched at http://www.openxml4j.org . Java developers now have a nice set of methods which will allow them to create rich Open XML documents for consumption by office productivity software or line of business systems...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Adam Wiener to the Blogosphere!

    I would like to welcome my colleague Adam Wiener to the blogosphere. Adam is a XML and data guru and is currently driving some great interoperability work in the identity space that he will be discussing regularly (I hope) on his blog . Please take a moment to stop by, drop a comment, and grab an RSS...
  • Blog Post: Interop Las Vegas: T-minus one week!

    I am looking forward Interop Las Vegas next week at the Mandalay Bay convention center. Microsoft will have a large footprint in the expo hall and will also be featuring a keynote on Wednesday by Bob Muglia and a few other session speakers (including yours truly). All the Microsoft activity at the show...
  • Blog Post: DIN working group formed on translation of document formats!

    The Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin today announced a new DIN working group that will be focused on document translation to support interoperability! The working group is open and has issued an invitation for participation. The output of this group will be focused on providing a pragmatic approach to...
  • Blog Post: Pragmatism in IT

    The approach of Microsoft in the context of interoperability is one of proactivity and pragmatism. The reality of the IT ecosystem is that heterogeneity is reality and that we as a company (and an industry) must continually adapt to properly address the needs of customers operating in these environments...
  • Blog Post: OpenXMLCommunity.org

    The Open XML Community site launched yesterday, with an inaugural list of members including over 300 companies worldwide supporting Open XML and its ISO standardization. Have a look at http://www.openxmlcommunity.org . Great momentum is building in the market around the format, and the list of applications...
  • Blog Post: EU Roundtables on Open XML Interoperability

    Next week I will be discussing with folks across Europe the benefits of Open XML and the interoperability of XML based file formats. On Monday I will be in Germany hosting a roundtable at the Technischen Universität München (Technical University of Munich) with students and faculty. On Wednesday,...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Joins the OpenAjax Alliance

    As part of our ongoing commitment to interoperability, Microsoft announced yesterday at the AJAX World conference in New York that we are joining the OpenAjax Alliance. This is an exciting move and will allow Microsoft to work closely with industry leaders to drive innovation and the evolution of AJAX...
  • Blog Post: Red Hat Joins Interop Vendor Alliance

    Great news today: the alliance is growing by leaps and bounds. Red Hat officially announced their participation.
  • Blog Post: Sun to support Open XML

    I just ran across these links today. Great to see additional implementations of Open XML coming online! Office Open XML Import Filter for Spreadsheets The next version of StarSuite will support Open XML
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