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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by Xaero_Vincent on Wed 9th Apr 2008 03:39 UTC
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These "knowingly" patented protocols cannot be used in FOSS software and shipped by commercial vendors without royalty payments to Microsoft. It would be painting a clear picture that FOSS doesn't mind violating patents that are clearly visible.

I think most FOSS developers realize this (since some of the developers are employees of these companies) and therefore choose not to embrace them.

Now, perhaps these specs are useful for commercial Linux and Windows developers.

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