Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th May 2006 19:18 UTC, submitted by JCooper
Microsoft If it is up to Microsoft, the omnipresent JPEG image format will be replaced by Windows Media Photo. The software maker detailed the new image format Wednesday at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference here. Windows Media Photo will be supported in Windows Vista and also be made available for Windows XP, Bill Crow, program manager for Windows Media Photo said in a presentation.
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RE[2]: Read my lips...
by Gullible Jones on Thu 25th May 2006 20:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Read my lips..."
Gullible Jones
Member since:
2006-05-23

As it happens, I don't really care. I am absolutely sick of proprietary media formats popping up anywhere... Not to sound like a FOSS fanatic or anything, but if a file format of some kind is going to enter widespread use, it should be *required* to be an open standard. A vendor forcing people to use their application only on their platform only to view a commonly used file is being unfair to other companies, unfair to the market, and unfair to users, including its own customers.

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RE[3]: Read my lips...
by tomcat on Thu 25th May 2006 21:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Read my lips..."
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

MS provides the specification for the image format. What more do you need?

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RE[4]: Read my lips...
by rhyder on Thu 25th May 2006 21:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Read my lips..."
rhyder Member since:
2005-09-28

Guarantees that:
The freely available specs (if they ever emerged) would remain completely open.
The specs are complete are workable.
The specs won't be altered and manipulated to advance the interests of Microsoft while at the same time disadvantaging their competitors.
Microsoft won't abuse their monopoly position to force their file format onto groups and companies who would not adopt it by choice.

There's a start.

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Patents
by jonas.kirilla on Thu 25th May 2006 21:55 in reply to "RE[3]: Read my lips..."
jonas.kirilla Member since:
2005-07-11

"MS provides the specification for the image format. What more do you need?"

Any related patents owned by Microsoft (and anyone else) transfered to a non-profit standards organization that we can all trust.

The good side of patents is that they [should] describe the invention in detail, the bad is that you can't implement any of those details for as long as the patent is valid, unless you license it, at whatever price the patent-holder asks. This is a very real threat to non-commercial operating systems.

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RE[4]: Read my lips...
by rcsteiner on Thu 25th May 2006 22:23 in reply to "RE[3]: Read my lips..."
rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

MS provides a specification for MS Word, also, but there are severe limitations on whaty one can actually DO with the information they provide.

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RE[4]: Read my lips...
by Gullible Jones on Thu 25th May 2006 22:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Read my lips..."
Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

Ummm... Right. Sorry, that was me getting carried away and commenting without reading the article.

(FWIW I do think we have something to be annoyed about concerning the proliferation of RealMedia videos, but that is another matter.

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