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Reality check: Microsoft's open-source promises

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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?

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Microsoft and standards--deja vu all over again?

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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.

Top Five Microsoft U-turns

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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:

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DVDs and Documents

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Jeremy Allison: "How many Microsoft engineers does it take to change a light bulb?
None. They just declare darkness the new standard".

Microsoft opening APIs

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  • 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

Microsoft publishes 'incomplete' OOXML specs

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zdnet.com.au: The Word, Excel and PowerPoint file format specifications were published on Friday, together with details of an open-source Office binary-to-Office Open XML (OOXML) translator project. However, the file format specifications were criticised as being incomplete by third-party OOXML developer Stephane Rodriguez.

Expect OpenXML win for Microsoft at ISO

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Dana Blankenhorn: It’s the nature of the system, admits Andy Updegrove, legal advisor to the Linux Foundation. The format of Microsoft Office will likely become an official International Standards Organization standard at the end of this month.

Yahoo to Reject $44.6 Billion Microsoft Bid, WSJ Says

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bloomberg.com: Yahoo! Inc., the world's second most popular Internet search engine, plans to reject Microsoft Corp.'s $44.6 billion unsolicited takeover offer, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the situation.

Hitting Microsoft Where It Hurts

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linuxinsider.com: The real battle between Microsoft and Google -- now in conflict over Microsoft's US$44.6 billion bid for Yahoo -- ultimately isn't over search. Search is the source of Google's revenue and its growth. However, it's pouring that money into things that scare Microsoft even more.

Will the real monopolist please stand up?

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Mary Jo Foley: In this corner we have Chief Legal Officer for Google, with a statement warning that if Microsoft ends up buying Yahoo, it will be the end of openness and innovation on the Web. And in this corner General Counsel for Microsoft warning that a world without a MicroHoo will be a world without true competition on the Internet.

Also: Yahoo may consider Google alliance, source says

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