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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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The Politics of OSS Still Overshadow The Benefits of Collaborative Development

It has now been almost three years since I stepped away from working daily on open source opportunities for Microsoft. I’ve watched the team that took on Shared Source morph it into some extremely positive collaborative work that is exactly what OSS is all about. The paltry few projects that were in place in 2006…

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IP, RAND, Standards, OSP, ISP – the conversation continues…

There have been numerous comments to my last blog posting, as well as a long response from Groklaw. Overall I am encouraged by the conversation as a whole because I think it is touching on some foundational issues. One of the most challenging aspects to the threads I’ve been reading in the responses to my…

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More Open XML Discussion – more misunderstandings about standards and IP

There is much to talk about based on what has been happening in the discussion of Open XML these days. First, ISO has posted a FAQ about 29500. The approach taken in the FAQ is both direct and simplified. The rabbit hole on standards goes deep indeed, and any such FAQ must simplify to make…

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Interop & Open XML Grab Bag

Busy, busy, busy. So many things going on at once. I have been meaning to write about a few items all week and just haven’t gotten to them. In the middle of all the excitement around the BRM, there have been some very positive steps taken on the interop front. I wrote a simple news…

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Just Sittin’ – Pickin’ A DAISY: translation and doc formats

In case you missed the news on this yesterday – Microsoft and the DAISY (Digital Accessible Information SYstem) consortia announced that Microsoft Office will support “Save As” DAISY using Open XML files in Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. This is going to be done via a translation project hosted on SourceForge (yes, that makes…

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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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