New Spec Under OSP – Windows Management Interface to Viridian – Hypercall API

Warning, geek-central posting: A year ago Microsoft moved the Virtual Hard Disk format under the Open Specification Promise. (Funny…another data format…hmmm…but I digress) The point of that announcement was to enable anyone interested in looking at how Microsoft stored images of virtual machines…they could do so. This was good for other vendors doing virtualization solutions…

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Document Formats Discussions

It is worth recapping some interesting conversations related to a blog post I made last week about the OpenDocument Foundation support of CDF (Compound Document Format). The points I was making were picked up by a few reporters – Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet and Martin LaMonica at CNET for example. There was also a brief article by Lucy…

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News Today from Microsoft @ Interop NY

Today we made an announcement of progress around our interoperability work. This was done in conjunction with our presence at the Interop New York show where they guy I work for, Tom Robertson, will be delivering a keynote tomorrow. The news is basically focused on the fact that commitments we made 12-18 months ago continue…

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Open XML – Progress Towards the BRM

I thought it would be good to post a quick link to the brief statement that Ecma posted regarding the disposition of comments on the road to the BRM. The statement is brief enough that I will simply quote it here in its entirety: Ecma Office Open XML File Format comment review – Online portal to facilitate…

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Formats, Formats, and more Formats….some say there should be only…except the other one…and that one…and the new one…and…<sigh>

In the comments section of my last post, there is an absolutely solid discussion going on the idea of a single standard. I have promised to put some more sophisticated thoughts into a top-level blog, and I will. But, first I simply have to comment on some of the stuff I’m reading out there. I…

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Open Documents Panel at GOSCON

I sat on a panel today at the Government Open Source Convention with folks from SUN, IBM, Adobe, and the OpenDocument Foundation. I have been remiss in blogging as of late due to an absolute tidal wave of work that has taken time away from posting out my thoughts. I’m sure some of you have been…

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OSI Approves MS Licenses

Today the news hit that two licenses from Microsoft were approved by the Open Source Initiative as official open source licenses. The licenses were submitted back in early August and a good deal of discussion and work has been going on since then. Jon Rosenberg, who is a really sharp guy and was a colleague…

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The Benefit of Interop for Novell’s Business

The past two weeks have been crazy for me, and blogging has taken a back seat. Just to get myself back into it I thought I would comment on a news item I saw concerning Novell’s business. This comes from ZDNet UK: Novell has claimed its Linux business has grown by 243 percent over the last three…

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