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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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    Your Input Requested

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    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...
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    Joint or Separate - The Content Matters

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    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...
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    Interoperability - Novell/Microsoft Collab Day 2

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    This has been a crazy few days around Microsoft. I have not slept much, nor have the folks on the deal team, in the product groups, on the PR team, at our PR agency, and in conversations with the Novell guys they are in pretty much the same condition...
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    Novell and Microsoft Build A Bridge

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    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...
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    Interoperability Through Community - Zend/Microsoft Tech Collab

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    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...
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    Craig Kitterman Joins the Blogosphere

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    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...
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    Interoperability By design - Sender ID Under the OSP

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    As promised, we have announced the next specifications to be covered by the open specification promise . Sender ID is a critically important set of technologies designed to counter the problems of spoofing, phishing, and malware through spam. Over the...
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    A Busy Week for Interoperability

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    This week is going to be a hectic one for the interop team here at Microsoft. Tomorrow morning we are dropping a press release (which I will comment on tomorrow), which I hope will take a very positive step forward on the interop front. It will be the...
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    IE7 Available

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    Just an FYI as I have enjoyed the changes to IE over the past few months that I have been using the beta versions. IE7 launched yesterday and is getting a very positive reception. If you are interested, you can get it here .
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    Interoperability In Europe

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    I was in the air longer than I was in Europe this week (Chicago Monday, Brussels Tuesday, Seattle Wednesday), but the time I spent there was extremely educational. There is a real question as to what constitutes interoperability - or in other words, what...
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    Application of the OSP

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    We now have the OSP out there and it has been applied to 35 web services specs and now the VHD spec. The question I have for readers on this blog (and your friends) is what should be next? Microsoft will not be applying the OSP in any sort of blanket...
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    VHD under OSP - Interoperability Again...

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    Today I am in Brussels at the European Interoperability Summit held at the Microsoft Executive Briefing center. All week long we are having discussions with private and public sector customers about interoperability and sharing with them how we are approaching...
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    I'm Better Than You...No Really: Lame Security Claims

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    This post comes from reading Jerry Fishenden's blog entry about the issues of security and identity technologies. I find that Jerry is asking questions that echo my own about those topics. Recently I have been amazed at watching the Apple TV spots, where...
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    Blanket Statements & IP Decision Making

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    I called out in my last blog entry the fact that my friend David was making a foray into blogging and he was welcomed by a fairly hostile, self-styled, “ rant” by Dana Blankenhorn at ZDNET . First of all, Mr. Blankenhorn – the whole point of the blogosphere...
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    David Rudin Enters The Blogosphere

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    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...
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    Open Specification Promise

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    ***Updated with links at end*** ***Updating again with more links*** It would seem that I needed some impetus to get out of my summer blogging slump. Or as some would point out, my chronic condition of inconsistent blogging. I would venture a guess...
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    Open XML Translator

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    As usual, I'm slow in my blog posting - but I've been a bit busy on the back end working with a great team of people to get the Open XML Translator out the door. (You can read more about it here ) Some good posts on this from others: from the Office...
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    Creative Commons Plug-in for Office

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    Today Microsoft and the Creative Commons jointly announced the availability of a plug-in for Office that allows Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and Powerpoint slide decks to dynamically insert a CC license. I've watched the Creative Commons for years...
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    Interoperability - Customer vs. Vendor Input

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    In James Governor's Monk Chips posting recently he made some kind comments about me that I am flattered by. First, I'd like to point out that there are many, many people looking at interop at Microsoft and I'm lucky to be working as part of the group...
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    Bloggers Update

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    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...
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    Interoperability - Listening to Customers

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    Interoperability is something I have blogged about in the past . It is an issue which customers are now ranking at the same level as security and reliability in their consideration of the technologies they use in heterogeneous computing environments....
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    Performance Matters To Customers

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    *****Updated From Original Posting***** Swashbuckler (who makes frequent, cogent arguments in the comments on my blog) made a comment on my last posting which I think is a good point of discussion. My understanding is that the performance issue...
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    Formats Performance Differential

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    I was recently pointed to an blog posting by George Ou over at ZDNet. Performance matters. http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=196
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    Interesting MS Bloggers In Europe

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    I'd like to highlight three really bright Microsoft guys who live over in Europe. They are deeply invovled with technology and our customers and have a wealth of industry experience. All three of them are active bloggers and worth the read: Jonathan...
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    Open Leads To Consulting

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    Interesting piece about the relationship between "open" and consulting revenues. I have long been banging the drum that those businesses with primary revenue streams attached to consulting practices have a strong incentive to push open source solutions...
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