Microsoft Opens Up – A Bit…

There have been rumours of this since last week…

But here is the official press release…

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/interoperability/default.mspx

Microsoft seems to have made quite a few sweeping changes this last few weeks including a senior management re-shuffle, the DreamSpark programme to help get its development software adopted in schools and colleges around the world free of charge and, of course, the ongoing aggressive bid to buy Yahoo…

This revelation is very likely the more interesting of all however, and more critical to Microsoft’s future in my opinion… because it’s a clear acknowledgement that closed and proprietary approach to software and standards is not really the way to progress technology any longer… and that they are beginning to move with the times… (take note Steve Jobs – didn’t you get the memo… proprietary sucks… set Mac OS free from the shackles of your overpriced pretty white plastic!!!)

In the face of rising popularity of open source software and open standards, as well as increased competition from the likes of Google Aps, recent announcements from Microsoft show that old dogs can learn new tricks, and sleeping giants should perhaps not be poked…. I believe we are about about to see them at their very best in the coming years despite all the flack they’ve been given… you know that old saying “Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger”… well I think it’s fair to say all the slagging and poo-pooing of Microsoft didn’t kill them…

What I think would be a much smarter move for them would be to make their software free to use for all non-commercial users…not just students…

Another smart idea would be to dump having multiple versions of all their software… would be really nice to have a single install package with a single price for all their software inclusive of all the features… from a commercial perspective their licensing model and versioning model is nothing short of a black-art nightmare… especially when it comes to enterprise-scale systems integration in companies that have grown organically…

But I digress…

All in all I think we are witnessing one of the biggest transformations taking place…. ever… within Microsoft… the walls are coming down… coincidentally just as Bill Gates is preparing to exit stage left in June or July…

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One Response to Microsoft Opens Up – A Bit…

  1. Ian Robinson says:

    Your comments about Apple are nonsense. Apple make their money selling hardware. They write the software they sell to sell more hardware. Releasing the full Mac OS X for non Apple hardware (unless there was an unbreakable copy protection scheme in place) would be a strange decision.

    I write the full Mac OS X in the above text as large parts of the core OS are available as OSS under Darwin
    http://www.opensource.apple.com/darwinsource/

    I note that the EU have already issued a sceptical response to this announcement
    http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080221-eu-to-ms-well-believe-it-when-we-see-it.html

    I agree:
    http://www.canicula.com/wp/?p=439

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