Vacation Time

I’ll be away from the blog for a spell. I’ll get online and approve comments etc, when I can.


Real Interoperability Projects and Documentation

It’s been a while since I was part of the core team doing the broader interop work at Microsoft. I have become increasingly focused on global standards issues which is only a part of the bigger picture on interop. That said, I was just kicking around the Interoperability Bridges & Labs Center and was impressed…


A Simplified Discussion of “Open Standards” – Welcome to the Warehouse

My last post has driven some great discussion around what an open standard means. Heck, I think I was writing about “open” issues back in March of 2005. One could almost say it has become thematic. Given the comments from my last post, I thought it would be useful to write out the analogy that…


Balance of Contributors & Implementers: A Blog Answer to Rick Jelliffe’s Post

I love reading smart people’s blogs – and Rick is definitely among that group. I have really enjoyed reading his post, “Standards media formats and licensing: JPEG vs. MPEG” and then the associated post, “Balance of Interest.” In the first one, Rick referred to my recent post “Contribution, Collaboration, & Implementation” and has spurred me…


Project Tuva – Physics for People Like Me

I read on CNET today that Bill Gates and Microsoft Research had collaborated to release a series of lectures by Dr. Richard Feynman in the mid-1960s. You should take a moment to watch the first lecture. Aside from the cheesy opening, it is really worth the time. The whole thing is released under the name…


Contribution, Collaboration, & Implementation – Standards Need Balance

Over the past few months, my passport has received more than its fair-share of stamps. I have spoken with people representing a broad swath of interests about standards and interoperability. A few of these meetings have touched on the role of “openness” in standards. I think the discussion of openness is hugely important, but incredibly…


A Community of Standards Professionals @ Microsoft

The past year of work for me (since I was regularly blogging) has been all about follow through on lessons learned during OOXML. In short, the leadership of many national standards bodies and more than a few industry players requested that we maintain our engagement on international standardization over the long-term. It may be surprising…


Hello World…Again

It is time to start blogging again. I have received many emails asking where I went. The simple answer is…I’ve been working. I know that sounds lame, but the truth is that I have been heavily engaged in some internal projects at Microsoft and it was enough to keep me from staying with my blog….


Strategic Use of Collaborative Development in South Africa – Follow Up

Last week I wrote a blog entry stemming from my experience in South Africa and my impressions about the way the OSS preference policy is being considered. What has come of it is a string of rather pointed comments questioning my intelligence and calling me quite the assortment of names – I though xenophobe was…