Microsoft today announced a set of broad-reaching changes to its technology and business practices to increase the openness of its products and drive greater interoperability, opportunity and choice. These changes are codified into four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions: 1) ensuring open connections; 2) promoting data portability; 3) enhancing support for industry standards; and 4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.
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All these 4 points represent a major initiative from Microsoft and i am particularly interested in data interoperability, enhancing support for industry standards and more engagement with open source communitities. It will be interesting to see which direction does data interoperatbility take. Are we going to have some standardization of LINQ related initiatives?
Micorosft has already opened up parts of its code for developers to debug through the .net platform. Its just an amazing stuff from Microsoft!