4 thoughts on “Microsoft Chants Open, Interoperability Mantra”

  1. I do not know if Microsoft is serious or just putting out a press release for the reasons you mentioned.

    However Microsoft needs to adopt the open mantra for its own survival. The world has moved very very categorically to open and from REST to web standards to PDF, to Bonjour, Lots of successful technology has moved away from MS controlled proprietary standards to more open technologies. If Microsoft does not play in this “open” game it stands to loose developers and users big time.

    On the web MS technologies have rarely dominated compared to open technologies. Enterprise still loves Microsoft, But with the problems they are seeing / will see with locking of that data, Expect them to move Open too.

  2. I’m not surprised that Microsoft is scared. They’ve built themselves up to being this big secluded giant that nobody in the village really wants to go for pints with. It’ll be interesting to see how this develops.

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  3. What I’d really like to see is publicly accessible bug tracking for those high-volume Microsoft products. Read access to such a thing ought not require a login.

    This would give much greater visibility of reported issues, and progress in addressing them.

    It is crucial to understanding the difference between the documentation and the actual implementation.

    See http://weblog.timaltman.com/node/834 – now a couple of years old, for one guy’s attempt to report a bug. Not a lot has changed since, AFAIK.

    There used to be such a thing for IE7 – see http://blogs.msdn.com/ie/archive/2006/03/24/560095.aspx
    but it seems to have quietly disappeared. http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Channel9.InternetExplorerFeedback says “The Internet Explorer Feedback page is temporary closed. Report all security bugs directly to secure@microsoft.com.”



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