Microsoft announces open standards push -- again
Microsoft will make APIs and other information available for 6 "high-volume" products:
- Windows Vista
- Windows Server 2008
- SQL Server 2008
- Office 2007
- Exchange Server 2007
- Office SharePoint Server 2007
From a more practical level, Microsoft will be designing new APIs for Office 2007 that will make it easier for users to choose between a variety of document formats. The company is also launching an "open source interoperability initiative" that should result in better communication between Microsoft products and open source alternatives like OpenOffice.org.
Lest you should think this latest push is entirely altruistic, Mary Jo Foley points out that ISO is scheduled to discuss the standarization of Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format next week. If Microsoft doesn't get the ISO standard, the company could lose out on government contracts that require open standards.