Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is implementing four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions across its high-volume business products:
- ensuring open connections;
- promoting data portability;
- enhancing support for industry standards;
- fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.
This isn’t a full open-source initiative. We wouldn’t expect that the company will ever make all of its efforts open source, although "ever" is quite a long time. It is also aimed at being being more EU-compliant. We’d encourage you to go straight to the guts of the company release because the list of initiatives and comments is rather long.
Microsoft shares have pulled back about 1% since this news first broke as traders are not looking at this as any major change to its revenue or earnings structure. Shares are still up 0.7% at $28.42 in mid-morning trading.
Jon C. Ogg
February 21, 2008