Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Smooth Interoperator

Last week, Microsoft paid a visit to the cool, spacious, well-lit offices of Redmond magazine to argue that the company now has open standards religion and wants to work more closely with open source.

In particular, Microsoft pledges to support the OpenDoc file format more fully, and won't try to hold back any standards work around the format.

It also plans to keep working on cross-licensing deals with open source players.

Microsoft may never be as open to open source as Red Hat, IBM or Novell, but the company is becoming a lot more pragmatic and accommodating. As Microsoft moves higher and higher up the stack, it needs to play nice with the major enterprise players.

Agree, disagree? Tell me where I'm right or wrong at [email protected].

Posted by Doug Barney on June 18, 2007 at 11:52 AM


Featured

  • Everything Microsoft Announced at Its Surface Event

    Microsoft showed off its updated and expanded line of Surface devices this week, positioning the new Surface Laptop Studio as its flagship Windows 11 laptop.

  • M&A in Microsoft Channel: Progress Acquires Kemp

    Longtime Microsoft partner Progress Software is acquiring another Microsoft partner in Kemp Technologies.

  • The 2021 Microsoft Product Roadmap

    From Windows 10X to the next generation of Microsoft's application server products, here are the product milestones coming down the pipeline in 2021.

  • Microsoft Says System Center 2022 Will Arrive Early Next Year

    Microsoft is planning to release its new System Center product in the first quarter of 2022, with a private preview arriving within months.