Update: Microsoft Announces New Plan to "Increase Openness"
Feb 21, 2008, 19:18 (8 Talkback[s])
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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..."
Bloomberg: Microsoft Makes Changes to Ease EU Competition
"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..."