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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RE[4]: OpenOffice
by kaiwai on Wed 9th Apr 2008 09:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: OpenOffice"
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Or something like that. Anyways, it worked for Microsoft and made them what we are, so instead of constantly taking the high road, maybe the community needs to start using Microsoft's strategies against them. It's, frankly, the last thing they would ever expect. ;)

Easily done. Create specifications where by if any part of the specification is improved on, the specification has to be revealed. Lets say Microsoft implements an openstandards protocol and then extends it, they're then expected to reveal the specifications of that extension.

The benefit of that is that it would still allow proprietary vendors to develop support in proprietary products, whilst ensuring that if they do extend the specification they're only obliged to disclose the nature of the extension - not the code itself. Thus, they keep their secret sauce, and compatibility is still maintained.

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