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I've been at Microsoft since 1995, and have had the opportunity to work with some great people on hard problems. I spent two years doing field tech specialist work on infrastructure products and then moved to issue-based projects. I was the first full-time employee working on Y2K issues, then part of the Security Response Center, and then into a five-year project building up the Shared Source initiative and really focusing on OSS issues. For the past two years I have been focused on interoperability and standards.

Outside of work, my first love is my family. I know that sounds hackneyed, but it is true. Due to work, I don't get enough time with my wife and boys. My one personal indulgence is mountain biking, and I certainly don't do enough of that to be good at it. My most important contribution to science so far is a complete and total validation of the law of gravity. I have proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that it works every time.

As for my blog - it has opened the door for some absolutely great conversations with people I would never have come into contact with any other way. The issues that interest me the most are at the intersection of business, technology, policy, and intellectual property - so that is what I blog about. I am fascinated by the multitude of approaches that exist within the realm of the software community. I don't blog about my family, or what my cats are doing, or what is going on in my home town. This blog is 100% about work and it will stay that way.

Thanks to everyone who reads and comments here.

- Jason

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    United States Votes to Approve Open XML

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    The United States national body has voted to approve DIS 29500 with 11 votes "yes," 4 votes "no," 1 "abstain," and 1 "not yet". The 2/3 super-majority requirement was met. The next step for them is a resolution meeting later this month.
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    Countries Are Saying Yes To Open XML

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    ***Updated April 2*** - ISO has just confirmed the approval of IS 29500 in a press release . ***Updated end*** It has been a few days since I've had a chance to blog. I've been on the road and that tends to make it harder to find the time to put up...
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    More Discussion of the Open XML BRM

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    The weekend has brought about a frenzy of blog activity surrounding the BRM last week. The comments section of my last blog post makes for very interesting reading as you see a number of points of view expressed. I really don’t want to repeat the points...
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    Building Bridges to other XML-based Formats

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    I have repeatedly made the argument that it is bad logic that leads you to the conclusion that there should be only one document format. If you value innovation in document creation, and you want to see applications continue to advance rapidly, and you...
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    Interop & Open XML Grab Bag

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    Busy, busy, busy. So many things going on at once. I have been meaning to write about a few items all week and just haven't gotten to them. In the middle of all the excitement around the BRM, there have been some very positive steps taken on the interop...
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    Standards Norway Comments on the BRM

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    You can check out the official posting from Standards Norway online. I am providing a link to the site that is in Norwegian. I am posting a translation here on my blog. They are very clear in their support of the BRM as having met its goals for improving...
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    Positive Comments on the BRM from the Denmark NSB

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    The national standard body for Denmark has posted some short comments about the BRM. For the moment, I don't think the comments are posted anywhere on their site in English. I found a translation, but if it is off, please let me know. ******** The following...
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    Some Balanced Statements Regarding The Open XML BRM

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    I want to highlight a few comments following the close of the BRM in Geneva. The folks highlighted here are balanced, experienced standards professionals. This is not to say that there are not other standards professionals who hold opposite opinions,...
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    DIS 29500 Meets All JTC 1 IPR Requirements for Approval as an International Standard

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    The FUD machine from the anti-Open XML camp has been running on the high-octane fuel of the Software Freedom Law Center critique of the Microsoft OSP. While there is absolutely a debate to be had about the role that covenants not to sue or open specification...
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    DIS 29500 Recommended for Approval by The United States V1 Committee

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    I just saw this come through in email, and would point you to Doug Mahugh's blog that the US V1 technical committee voted today regarding DIS 29500. I wrote about the V1 committee and the US position back before the Sept. 2 ballot here and here . I also...
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    Applying the Interoperability Principles to Accessibility

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    As last week came to a close, I blogged about a few examples where Microsoft was applying the Interoperability Principles to its business. Much is being written about the role standards will play in the future of the software industry. It is important...
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    Ecma International Comments on the BRM

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    Ecma International released its comments on the BRM. The Ballot Resolution Meeting was a very productive and positive meeting, where National Bodies' representatives worked together very hard, resolving many issues, to come to an improved final DIS 29500...
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    Rick Jeliffe of the Australian Delegation Commented on the BRM

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    Rick has pulled his blog posting about the BRM for the moment due to the fact that he will be reporting into Standards Australia about the meeting. His original post can be found in web caches and he is being quoted on other blogs. I will include one...
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