Document Format Junky Alert – New Blogger On The Block

Gray Knowlton from the Office product team is now blogging, and it is interesting stuff for any document format junkie out there. I’ve known Gray for a few years now and have come to respect him for many reasons. He is patient and thoughtful in his approach to issues, and he is really sharp. I’m…

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Music Consumption – Interop, Lock-in, Business Models

Before I write word one on this topic it is important to say that these are my personal observations – have nothing to do with my employer (Microsoft) or any particular industry expertise I may have. Also, this is something of a break from my ongoing writings about Open XML and document formats. Over the past two…

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Locked-Up Data for Web 2.0?

I have not poked at a blog posting of Matt Asay’s in quite some time, so no time like the present. This morning I ended up reading a post he wrote for CNET on August 20, “GPL is the new BSD in Web2.0, and why this matters.” As always Matt is pulling at the threads that tie…

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Silverlight / Moonlight – Innovation and Interop

Last week Microsoft announced that Silverlight 1.0 was being released. For those of you who may not be aware of what Silverlight is, you should go check it out at Microsoft.com. To quote the marketing pitch – Silverlight is, “a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering richer user experiences on the web.” In other words, think…

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Welcome To The Blogosphere Oliver

It is always good to see someone with deep industry experience, and a sharp mind decide to add his voice to the blogosphere. I have known Oliver Bell for a number of years and have always been impressed with his mix of technical acumen and common sense smarts about the software industry. As of very recently…

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Microsoft OSS Web Site

Today Microsoft launched its new open source web site. Starting in 2001, we began thinking long and hard about open source from the perspective of it as a dev model, a business model, a licensing model, and a philosophical approach to software. Like anything – you look at it through your own perspective and we…

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Instructions For Insulting Me

Given that I tend to blog about contentious issues in the software industry, and that I work for Microsoft, it seems that I frequently draw the ire of some of my readers. To the extent that you wish to insult me, I now insist that you use this tool to draw out the best from your…

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Schwartz Joins the Doc Format Discussion

I appreciate the fact that Jonathan Schwartz of SUN has jumped into the doc format discussion with a well thought out discussion. I think there are some important issues raised, control of your data, long-term archival of data, and most importantly, the translation of documents.  Yet, his posting follows some very careful positioning in order…

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IPRs As Collaboration Framework

Sometimes you just have to write a response to a comment up here at the top level of the blog rather than down in the depths of the comments section. Matt Asay took my last posting and went to town on it (although he had a more thoughtful approach to it on his other blog…

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Intellectual Property – Protection vs. Collaboration

Lately I have been wondering about the relationship of IP to the ideas of protection vs. collaboration. I know that everyone is super clear that IP rights protect the IP-holder. In other words, the system grants a right and then provides an enforcement mechanism to give the right demonstrable value. For patents (particularly software and pharma patents), the most common concern raised…

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