Microsoft & Interoperability (MSFT)

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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