Windows / Microsoft
The Microsoft Office formats are in the news again. Massachusetts has backed-down and accepted the Microsoft Office OOXML format as a standard while the companies in Microsoft’s open source orbit promise they will work together on conversion routines between OOXML and Open Office’s ODF.
This is too funny not to show you. Microsoft has a site for downloads of various software products, not just their own. It's called Windows Marketplace. Yesterday, for a brief shining moment, you and 10,000 or so other people could and did download Ubuntu Linux from a link on that page -- thank you, Google Cache -- which sent viewers to CNET for the download.
"I found a video on the Novell-Microsoft Interop Ability page that clears up for me at least part of what Microsoft wants from deals like the deal with Novell. The video is from Brainshare 2007, with Novell's Jeff Jaffe and Microsoft's Chief Research Strategy Officer Craig Mundie both onstage talking about the deal."
Microsoft views its string of deals with Linux vendors--the latest being Linspire, announced this week--as part of a broader company wide push to improve interoperability.
Microsoft has brought someone aboard to serve as its "Director of Linux Interoperability" and head up the Microsoft/Novell Interoperability Lab -- and his name will be familiar to people in the open-source community.
Microsoft Wednesday inked another cross-licensing patent agreement, this time with South Korea's LG Electronics, covering the company's Linux-based embedded devices.
Microsoft's maneuvering may scare some users away from Linux and other open source software in the short term, said Joe Lindsay, CIO at Secured Funding in Costa Mesa, Calif. "It's like saying, 'I have a big baseball bat, and I'm going to hit somebody,'" Lindsay said. "Everyone runs away."
Microsoft should have admitted that Linux matters sooner. For years, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant seemed to be in denial as the open-source operating software made gains against its Windows franchise. But now a series of deals is finally allowing Microsoft to argue that it's ahead of the curve--with the entertaining upside of making some of the open-source community's truest believers even angrier.