reuters.com: The European Commission fined Microsoft a record 899 million euros ($1.35 billion) on Wednesday for defying sanctions imposed on the software giant for antitrust violations, far exceeding the original penalty.
news.com: The head of Google's open-source programs on Monday urged international delegates to vote against certifying Office Open XML as an ISO standard, saying the Microsoft-led effort poses a risk to users who want unfettered access to documents.
Also: Microsoft gets another shot at XML standard
Mary Jo Foley: From February 25 to 29 in Geneva, the next step in the seemingly never-ending show-down over whether Microsoft’s Office Open XML document format should be granted ISO standard status is taking place. Here’s a summary of what will/won’t — or perhaps I should say should/shouldn’t — happen this week for those following along at home.
raiden.net: If there's one thing to be said for Microsoft, it's a shrewd player. They've done in just a few years what takes some companies decades to do. They've cornered the desktop OS market. All of this success has caused some of their detractors to call them dishonest, unethical, and in some cases just downright evil.
pcworld.com: After hearing Microsoft's pledge to open the code for many of its applications and perusing at least some of the first documentation, reaction in the open-source community is varied.
blog.seattlepi: Microsoft made headlines yesterday for its overtures to the open-source software community, including some that practically cast the move as a surrender by the company. But a reality check seems warranted: What is the company really promising here?
- Detroit funds sue Yahoo over Microsoft rebuff
- Microsoft's big openness pledge
- Is Microsoft All Bark and No Bite Anymore?
- Does Microsoft really want to be open source's friend?
- Microsoft the magnanimous?
opensource.org: On November 2nd, 2006, Microsoft and Novell announced a business agreement that was characterized as worse than useless by Bradly Kuhn, CTO of the Software Freedom Law Center. This week we see another announcement from Microsoft that seems to offer everything we didn't like about the Novell deal to a wider range of developers and nothing that meets the first test of our open source principles.
theinquirer.net: Microsoft yesterday surprised many by saying it would open the books on its software, revealing and documenting critical APIs and other information. Five more technology U-turns Microsoft took are listed here:
- Why you should care about Microsoft's open-source move
- Microsoft openness initiative proves they still don't get it
- World not open to Microsoft promises
- Korean Professor Wins Patent Lawsuit Against Microsoft
- What Microsoft is really up to
Jeremy Allison: "How many Microsoft engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
None. They just declare darkness the new standard".
- John Dragoon (Novell): Microsoft Expands Interoperability
- Bloomberg: Microsoft Makes Changes to Ease EU Competition Fight
- Andy Updegrove: Microsoft Makes Major "Openness" Announcement on Eve of BRM
- Microsoft's long history of open-source acrimony
- Groklaw: Promises, Promises from Microsoft. Again.
- Microsoft pledges (yet again) that it wants to be interoperable
- Red Hat was right, Novell was wrong
- What Microsoft’s open APIs mean for open source
- Microsoft commits to sharing with open-source, rivals
- Microsoft opening APIs
- Microsoft pledges not to sue over open source
- The European Commission Doubts Microsoft 'open source' announcement
- Microsoft makes boldest move yet embracing open source
- Microsoft launches open-source charm offensive
- Microsoft on open APIs: New tune or blowing more smoke?
- Why Microsoft is serious about Open Source