At Arm's Length

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| But if Microsoft is reaching out to embrace the open source world with the
| left hand, with its right hand it continues to hold them at bay. Microsoft
| has a long history of treating platforms other than Windows like red-headed
| step-children-acknowledging they exist while at the same time making sure
| everyone knows they aren't really part of the family. In fact, an old joke
| used to say that it was obvious that Microsoft supported cross-platform
| development: you could use Windows XP or Windows 2000.

Microsoft Must Share Code With Rivals

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| Microsoft lost its appeal of a European antitrust order Monday that obliges
| the technology giant to share communications code with rivals...


Halloween Memo I Confirmed and Microsoft's History on Standards

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| ¬*By the way, if you are by any chance trying to figure out Microsoft's policy
| ¬*toward standards, particularly in the context of ODF-EOXML, that same
| ¬*Microsoft page is revelatory, Microsoft's answer to what the memo meant when
| ¬*it said that Microsoft could extend standard protocols so as to deny
| ¬*Linux "entry into the market": ¬* ¬*
| ¬* ¬*Q: The first document talked about extending standard protocols as a way
| ¬* ¬*to "deny OSS projects entry into the market." What does this mean?
| ¬* ¬*A: To better serve customers, Microsoft needs to innovate above standard
| ¬* ¬*protocols. By innovating above the base protocol, we are able to deliver
| ¬* ¬*advanced functionality to users. An example of this is adding
| ¬* ¬*transactional support for DTC over HTTP. This would be a value-add and
| ¬* ¬*would in no way break the standard or undermine the concept of standards,
| ¬* ¬*of which Microsoft is a significant supporter. Yet it would allow us to
| ¬* ¬*solve a class of problems in value chain integration for our Web-based
| ¬* ¬*customers that are not solved by any public standard today. Microsoft
| ¬* ¬*recognizes that customers are not served by implementations that are
| ¬* ¬*different without adding value; we therefore support standards as the
| ¬* ¬*foundation on which further innovation can be based. ¬* ¬* ¬* ¬* ¬*