Major Sea-change for Microsoft and Open Source

Microsoft made a major announcement yesterday that will affect those of us who architect systems using Microsoft, non-Microsoft, mixed vendor and Open Source technologies.

We have announced a set of broad-reaching changes to our technology and business practices to increase the openness of our products and drive greater interoperability, opportunity and choice.

These changes are codified into four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions:

1) ensuring open connections;
2) promoting data portability;
3) enhancing support for industry standards; and
4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.



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