Doug Mahugh

Microsoft Interoperability Team
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    Digital Signatures Workshop recap

    The latest DII workshop was focused on digital signatures, and took place here in Redmond on Tuesday of this week. This was the first event for which there has been a web participation option (via LiveMeeting), and we had 18 virtual attendees in addition to the 15 people who attended in person. The level of expertise in the room was very high, so it was a great learning experience for me, and I hope for others as well. The presenters at this event represented a diverse range of perspectives, and...
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    Agenda for June 8 Digital Signatures Workshop

    I blogged recently about the upcoming digital signatures DII workshop , which will take place in Redmond on June 8. We’ve been working with a variety of volunteer speakers to finalize the details, and it’s shaping up to be an interesting event with perspectives from implementers, standards participants, and digital signature users from the private and public sectors. Here’s the agenda: Time Topic Presenter 8:45 – 9:15 breakfast in Building...
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    SharePoint Interoperability Plugfest

    Here’s another Plugfest event coming up here in Redmond to let everyone know about. It’s a SharePoint interop event, where developers can test interoperability, get answers directly from the SharePoint team, set up up 1-on-1 meetings, and generally do whatever’s need to improve interoperability between their applications and SharePoint. My colleague Michael Bowman is running this event, and in his words: The SharePoint interoperability team is planning their first file operations Plugfest on June...
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    Digital Signatures DII Workshop

    The next DII workshop will be on June 8, 2010 in Redmond. This event will focus on digital signatures and a new technical signing standard supported by Office 2010, called XAdES (XML Advanced Digital Electronic Signatures). XAdES consists of a set of extensions to the XML-DSig standard (supported by Office 2007) and gives users additional features, like the ability to timestamp signatures or store certificate and revocation information with the signature. The goal of this event is to share information...
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    Office’s Support for ISO/IEC 29500 Strict

    There has been some interest expressed lately regarding how soon Microsoft Office will offer full read/write support for the Strict conformance class of ISO/IEC 29500. I can certainly understand the interest in this topic from those involved in the standards process, as well as from our customers and other implementers. That’s why we’ve been looking into the issues and options for Strict support for quite some time. Many of you have observed our movement in this direction. Indeed, a member of WG...
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    SC34 Meetings, Stockholm

    The SC34 plenary and working-group meetings took place in Stockholm last week, hosted by Swedish Standards Institute (SIS). Alex Brown has posted already a summary of some of the meetings that I didn’t participate in, and I’ll cover the here the activities and outcomes of the meetings I attended. WG4: ISO/IEC 29500 (Office Open XML) WG4 met all day Tuesday and Wednesday, with a brief closing session on Thursday morning. We had 30 participants representing 12 national bodies (Brazil, Canada...
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    Standards, Patents, and the OSP

    Arthur C. Clarke famously wrote that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  Another characteristic of advanced technologies is that they often contain intellectual property (IP) that may be covered by patents. When such a technology becomes standardized, though, implementers need to feel comfortable that they have access to the technology on a non discriminatory basis. This is typically dealt with in one of three ways: either the technology owner agrees to license...
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    Open XML support in new tools, apps, and custom solutions

    One of the more interesting aspects of my job is meeting people who are developing software that interoperates with Office through the various formats that we support.  It’s exciting to hear their plans, work with them on the details of how our products can collaborate or share data, and then see the final solutions, whether they’re released in shrink-wrapped packages, available for download on the web, or delivered as a custom solution for a specific organization. Three of the more innovative...
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    DII workshop, Brussels

    Last week I participated in the DII workshop that took place in Brussels.  Attendees included a variety of document-format experts from the ODF and Open XML worlds, including members of SC34 working groups, the OASIS ODF and OIC TCs, ODF and Open XML implementers, public-sector experts in interoperability and archiving, and others. The roundtable discussions at this event covered some interesting issues, including various approaches to round-tripping content through different formats, extensibility...
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    ODF plugfest and OOoCon, Orvieto

    I’ve spent the last week in the city of Orvieto, perched atop a hill in Umbria, Italy. Monday and Tuesday I particpated in the second ODF Plugfest, and then Wednesday through Friday I attended OOoCon, the annual OpenOffice.org conference. I gave a presentation on Wednesday about Office’s approach to interoperability with OpenOffice.org, which you can find on the OOoCon presentation page , and you can find the presentations from the plugfest, as well as the test scenarios we went through, on the plugfest...
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