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Microsoft Backs Down on EU Open Source Interoperability

“I promise I’ll write about something other than Microsoft soon,
but it does keep doing interesting open source-related things. This
time, it has backed down and agreed to comply with its obligations
following the European Commission’s 2004 antitrust decision,
including sharing interoperability information with open source
developers.

“As European commissioner for competition, Neelie, Kroes, told
the commission: ‘I told Microsoft that it had to make
interoperability information available to open source developers.
Microsoft will now do so, with licensing terms that allow every
recipient of the resulting software to copy, modify and
redistribute it in accordance with the open source business
model…'”


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