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  • Blog Post: Real Interoperability Projects and Documentation

    It’s been a while since I was part of the core team doing the broader interop work at Microsoft. I have become increasingly focused on global standards issues which is only a part of the bigger picture on interop. That said, I was just kicking around the Interoperability Bridges & Labs Center...
  • Blog Post: A Simplified Discussion of “Open Standards” – Welcome to the Warehouse

    My last post has driven some great discussion around what an open standard means. Heck, I think I was writing about “open” issues back in March of 2005. One could almost say it has become thematic. Given the comments from my last post, I thought it would be useful to write out the analogy that was used...
  • Blog Post: Balance of Contributors & Implementers: A Blog Answer to Rick Jelliffe’s Post

    I love reading smart people’s blogs – and Rick is definitely among that group. I have really enjoyed reading his post, “ Standards media formats and licensing: JPEG vs. MPEG ” and then the associated post, “ Balance of Interest .” In the first one, Rick referred to my recent post “ Contribution, Collaboration...
  • Blog Post: Strategic Use of Collaborative Development in South Africa - Follow Up

    Last week I wrote a blog entry stemming from my experience in South Africa and my impressions about the way the OSS preference policy is being considered. What has come of it is a string of rather pointed comments questioning my intelligence and calling me quite the assortment of names - I though xenophobe...
  • Blog Post: The Politics of OSS Still Overshadow The Benefits of Collaborative Development

    It has now been almost three years since I stepped away from working daily on open source opportunities for Microsoft. I've watched the team that took on Shared Source morph it into some extremely positive collaborative work that is exactly what OSS is all about. The paltry few projects that were in...
  • Blog Post: IP, RAND, Standards, OSP, ISP - the conversation continues...

    There have been numerous comments to my last blog posting, as well as a long response from Groklaw. Overall I am encouraged by the conversation as a whole because I think it is touching on some foundational issues. One of the most challenging aspects to the threads I've been reading in the responses...
  • Blog Post: More Open XML Discussion - more misunderstandings about standards and IP

    There is much to talk about based on what has been happening in the discussion of Open XML these days. First, ISO has posted a FAQ about 29500. The approach taken in the FAQ is both direct and simplified. The rabbit hole on standards goes deep indeed, and any such FAQ must simplify to make it digestible...
  • Blog Post: Interop & Open XML Grab Bag

    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 front. I wrote a simple news blog post about...
  • Blog Post: Just Sittin' - Pickin' A DAISY: translation and doc formats

    In case you missed the news on this yesterday - Microsoft and the DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) consortia announced that Microsoft Office will support "Save As" DAISY using Open XML files in Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. This is going to be done via a translation project hosted...
  • Blog Post: OSI Approves MS Licenses

    Today the news hit that two licenses from Microsoft were approved by the Open Source Initiative as official open source licenses. The licenses were submitted back in early August and a good deal of discussion and work has been going on since then. Jon Rosenberg, who is a really sharp guy and was a colleague...
  • Blog Post: The Benefit of Interop for Novell's Business

    The past two weeks have been crazy for me, and blogging has taken a back seat. Just to get myself back into it I thought I would comment on a news item I saw concerning Novell's business. This comes from ZDNet UK : Novell has claimed its Linux business has grown by 243 percent over the last three quarters...
  • 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: Open XML - US Vote Progress Continues

    I have spent the past 2 weeks looking at really big trees and getting my perspective reset as it applies to scale and time. Yet, as I come back to email and industry news, things are still moving along with Open XML. I have been in touch with a bunch of people over the past 24 hours and here are some...
  • 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: Grab Bag Today - More on Open XML, Iron Projects, IBM's Spec Pledge

    A couple of things to pop up on my blog today: Stephen McGibbon wrote a blog posting this week about Open XML and his participation in Portugal. There has been commentary about this up on Groklaw and Stephen addresses those issues directly. [Adding to this post] Doug Mahugh has posted on the recent...
  • Blog Post: Translate This!

    Just a quick note. I was pointed at this list of file formats on Wikipedia. The document formats list alone is almost 40 items long. My takeaway from this list is all about the richness of innovation in software. The formats are representations of the features in those products. There are really good...
  • Blog Post: FoxPro Going to CodePlex

    I just saw that Microsoft is moving FoxPro to the CodePlex site. In other words, as the company has made a decision not to move FoxPro beyond the 9.0 version it will enable the dev community that is passionate about the technology to continue to work on it in a collaborative environment. I think this...
  • 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: Open XML - ISO/IEC Standardization

    Well, the big news for the day is the discussion about the ISO/IEC standardization of Open XML. A few things to remember as the IBM spin machine kicks into full gear tomorrow: Ecma 376, Open XML Document Format, is an international standard and was recommended to ISO for ratification. I believe...
  • Blog Post: Thank You For The Feedback

    Most of the time I try to respond to the comments that come into my blog. There has been a rush of comments since the linking of my posting to a few news articles. 1) Thank you for the comments - I know many of you are skeptical about this process, and a few are even outright hostile. I will be going...
  • Blog Post: Your Input Requested

    One of the key elements in the Novell / Microsoft Collaboration announcement from last week was a patent covenant that was intended to provide non-commercial, individual open source developers with the coverage necessary for them to develop code without concern of infringing any of Microsoft's patents...
  • Blog Post: Joint or Separate - The Content Matters

    UPDATED Nov. 10 I have changed the content on the MS website - follow the links in this posting. Also, check out the comments to this post as there is a good conversation going on. ************ In a recent post up on the KDEdevelopers.org site a concern was raised about the fact that there are...
  • Blog Post: Novell and Microsoft Build A Bridge

    Today Microsoft and Novell signed, and announced, a landmark collaboration agreement for building bridges between Linux and Windows. The two companies agreed to a technical and IP collaboration agreement that builds a bridge between the worlds of Linux and Windows. To me, the most compelling thing about...
  • 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...
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