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Update: Microsoft Announces New Plan to "Increase Openness"

Feb 21, 2008, 19:18 (8 Talkback[s])

Microsoft: Microsoft Makes Strategic Changes in Technology and Business Practices to Expand Interoperability

"Microsoft Corp. today announced a set of broad-reaching changes to its technology and business practices to increase the openness of its products and drive greater interoperability, opportunity and choice for developers, partners, customers and competitors.

"Specifically, Microsoft is implementing four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions across its high-volume business products: (1) ensuring open connections; (2) promoting data portability; (3) enhancing support for industry standards; and (4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities..."

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Bloomberg: Microsoft Makes Changes to Ease EU Competition Fight

"Microsoft Corp., bowing to pressure from European regulators, will take steps to make top-selling software including Windows and Office work better with competing products and limit lawsuits against some rivals.

"Microsoft will publish the so-called protocols used to connect its most popular software to other programs, eliminating an advantage its products had over rivals. It will license some patents at low royalty rates and put out 30,000 pages of Windows documentation that had only been available under a license..."

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