Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2008 20:14 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft will make available the preliminary versions of technical documentation for the protocols built into Microsoft Office 2007, SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007. This documentation, which defines how these high-volume Microsoft products communicate with some of its other products, is 14000 pages and is in addition to the 30000 pages posted when the software giant first introduced its new Interoperability Principles last month. They will be made available April 8."
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read the fine print
by karl1 on Tue 8th Apr 2008 21:02 UTC
karl1
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2005-06-29

Nothing benefits Microsoft more than open source projects writing to their protocols -- especially with the patent deal that is tied into this. Because companies like Red Hat rely on the open source community, when the community builds against Microsoft protocols, Red Hat can't redistribute the software without paying the patent price. That is why it is important to notice the patent license for commercial redistribution and patent protection for open source developers. Another attempt at taking down Red Hat from Microsoft.

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RE: read the fine print
by BrianH on Tue 8th Apr 2008 21:10 in reply to "read the fine print"
BrianH Member since:
2005-07-06

That fine print hasn't been released yet, according to the article. You should probably wait until they release even a hint of what the patent restrictions will be before criticizing them.

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RE[2]: read the fine print
by karl1 on Tue 8th Apr 2008 23:37 in reply to "RE: read the fine print"
karl1 Member since:
2005-06-29

That fine print hasn't been released yet, according to the article. You should probably wait until they release even a hint of what the patent restrictions will be before criticizing them.


Fine print may have been the wrong terminology, but the fact of the matter still remains that some of these are patented protocols which will require patent licenses to use the protocols. Don't forget that Microsoft is trying to court the OSS community here. It's a move against Red Hat and IBM and others who benefit from the community work that haven't signed patent agreements with Microsoft.

From the article:

In June, Microsoft will also publish a list of the protocols that are covered by patents, and will make available a patent map containing a list of the specific Microsoft patents and patent applications that cover each protocol, when the final version of the protocols are available, Robertson said.

The company will also release the final patent pricing and licensing terms at that time. “As we work over the coming months on feedback on the protocols themselves, we are also going to be completing the patent map for each of these protocols,” Robertson said.

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