Microsoft pledges

In what is called as a “bold” move, Microsoft announced strategic changes in Technology and Business practices to expand interoperability.

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Microsoft

With this end in view, it plan’s to take serious action on the following four fronts :

1. Ensuring Open Connections : Microsoft will publish on its website documentation for all APIs and communication protocols for it’s high-volume products that are used by other Microsoft products. Developers can access this information freely and thus ensure that their products can connect to Microsoft’s high-volume products (like Windows Vista, Office 2007, Sharepoint, etc.)

2.Support industry standards : Microsoft will work with implementors of standards that it has used in it’s high-volume products , towards achieving robust, consistent and interoperable implementations.These will be documented and published on the their website free of cost , as well.

3. Data Portability : Microsoft will work towards giving users the choice for document formats and have APIs in Office 2007 to set these formats as default for all their applications .

4. Fostering community participation : Microsoft will extend and ongoing dialogue with customers, developers, industry as well as open source communities to promote interoperability.

Windows

Microsoft has already launched the Microsoft Interoperability portal with a view of promoting it’s new pledges.

Quite frankly, I find this whole affair a bit dubious. Microsoft has made similar claims before, only to point fingers later at Linux users for patent violations.

What do you guys think ?

Will Microsoft pull this one off ? 

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