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  • Blog Post: Document Format Junky Alert - New Blogger On The Block

    Gray Knowlton from the Office product team is now blogging, and it is interesting stuff for any document format junkie out there. I've known Gray for a few years now and have come to respect him for many reasons. He is patient and thoughtful in his approach to issues, and he is really sharp. I'm going...
  • Blog Post: Music Consumption - Interop, Lock-in, Business Models

    Before I write word one on this topic it is important to say that these are my personal observations - have nothing to do with my employer (Microsoft) or any particular industry expertise I may have. Also, this is something of a break from my ongoing writings about Open XML and document formats. Over...
  • Blog Post: Locked-Up Data for Web 2.0?

    I have not poked at a blog posting of Matt Asay's in quite some time, so no time like the present. This morning I ended up reading a post he wrote for CNET on August 20, " GPL is the new BSD in Web2.0, and why this matters ." As always Matt is pulling at the threads that tie together the big picture...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight / Moonlight - Innovation and Interop

    Last week Microsoft announced that Silverlight 1.0 was being released. For those of you who may not be aware of what Silverlight is, you should go check it out at Microsoft.com. To quote the marketing pitch - Silverlight is, "a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering richer user experiences...
  • Blog Post: Welcome To The Blogosphere Oliver

    It is always good to see someone with deep industry experience, and a sharp mind decide to add his voice to the blogosphere . I have known Oliver Bell for a number of years and have always been impressed with his mix of technical acumen and common sense smarts about the software industry. As of very...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft OSS Web Site

    Today Microsoft launched its new open source web site . Starting in 2001, we began thinking long and hard about open source from the perspective of it as a dev model, a business model, a licensing model, and a philosophical approach to software. Like anything - you look at it through your own perspective...
  • Blog Post: Instructions For Insulting Me

    Given that I tend to blog about contentious issues in the software industry, and that I work for Microsoft, it seems that I frequently draw the ire of some of my readers. To the extent that you wish to insult me, I now insist that you use this tool to draw out the best from your acerbic comments. Thus...
  • Blog Post: Schwartz Joins the Doc Format Discussion

    I appreciate the fact that Jonathan Schwartz of SUN has jumped into the doc format discussion with a well thought out discussion. I think there are some important issues raised, control of your data, long-term archival of data, and most importantly, the translation of documents. Yet, his posting follows...
  • Blog Post: IPRs As Collaboration Framework

    Sometimes you just have to write a response to a comment up here at the top level of the blog rather than down in the depths of the comments section. Matt Asay took my last posting and went to town on it (although he had a more thoughtful approach to it on his other blog - where he finds the time I do...
  • Blog Post: Intellectual Property - Protection vs. Collaboration

    Lately I have been wondering about the relationship of IP to the ideas of protection vs. collaboration. I know that everyone is super clear that IP rights protect the IP-holder. In other words, the system grants a right and then provides an enforcement mechanism to give the right demonstrable value....
  • Blog Post: Analysis of IBM's Intentions

    If you haven't read this, it will be thought provoking at the very least. I've known Jonathan for a very long time and find this posting to be a good one. Read it here.
  • Blog Post: Interoperability Through Community - Zend/Microsoft Tech Collab

    UPDATED 11/1 with links at bottom: Bill Hilf and his team have done another tech collab deal that makes a huge amount of sense to me. Zend and Microsoft announced yesterday that the two companies are going to work together to make the PHP scripting experience compelling for Windows Server 2003 and...
  • Blog Post: Craig Kitterman Joins the Blogosphere

    Craig is a colleague of mine who works on interoperability at Microsoft as a part of the Interoperability & XML Architecture team. He started blogging recently , and I am only now catching up with that. I think he is a very bright guy and I'm looking forward to hearing his thoughts over time.
  • Blog Post: David Rudin Enters The Blogosphere

    David Rudin is one of the attorneys on the Corporate Standards Team at Microsoft (and who has been an unending source of wisdom and assistance to me) and posted his first blog posting as of today. David is an extremely smart guy and will be a great addition to the voices out there talking about standards...
  • Blog Post: Bloggers Update

    I recently posted a link to Stephen McGibbon's blog and was hit with a number of complaints that his blog was stale. The good news is that he has be re-bitten by the blog bug and he is a smart guy with lots to say. Another good man who is new to the blogosphere from MS is Brent Phillips . Brent and...
  • Blog Post: And Now, For My Next Act....

    Years ago, it was suggested that there was a civil war in Microsoft based on open source. There allegedly was the Star Wars–inspired rebel alliance of openness fighting against the forces of closed. Coming out of that set of accusations, I was always a bit curious as to what role I was assigned. Should...
  • Blog Post: Micrix, or is it Micrux?

    Bill Thompson , a technology analyst for the BBC, has an intelligent and entertaining column, and I recently stumbled across this entry . It is a wonderfully concise daydream about what it would mean for Microsoft to adopt, consume, digest, and release a dominant version of Linux. A billion dollars here...
  • Blog Post: Innovation As A Cure For The Dilemma

    Last week I hosted the guys from Redmonk , Stephen OGrady and James Governor . Other than noting Stephen’s obvious character flaw (he is a Red Sox fan) and James’s steadfast belief that the airlines will provide you with the luggage you checked through at the beginning of your flight, it was a productive...
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