Microsoft's "significant" announcement on February 21 turns out to be not so significant at all. Microsoft is promising — for the umpteenth time — that it will share all the protocols and programming interfaces needed to allow interoperability between its products and others.
Why is Microsoft going through the motions yet again? It’s all about next week. From February 25 to 29, ISO is slated to hold a long-awaited ballot-resolution meeting regarding whether or not Microsoft’s Office Open XML (OOXML) document format should be awarded ISO standards status.
On February 21, Microsoft pledged that it will adhere to four new “interoperability principles.” The four:
1. ensuring open connections
2. promoting data portability
3. enhancing support for industry standards
4. fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.
Microsoft, Interoperability, OOXML, Office Open, XML, Open-Source, Open Source