From the press release entitled Microsoft Makes Strategic Changes in Technology and Business Practices to Expand Interoperability we learn

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 21, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a set of broad-reaching changes to its technology and business practices to increase the openness of its products and drive greater interoperability, opportunity and choice for developers, partners, customers and competitors.

Specifically, Microsoft is implementing four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions across its high-volume business products: (1) ensuring open connections; (2) promoting data portability; (3) enhancing support for industry standards; and (4) fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source communities.
The interoperability principles and actions announced today apply to the following high-volume Microsoft products: Windows Vista (including the .NET Framework), Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Office 2007, Exchange Server 2007, and Office SharePoint Server 2007, and future versions of all these products. Highlights of the specific actions Microsoft is taking to implement its new interoperability principles are described below.

  • Ensuring open connections to Microsoft’s high-volume products.
  • Documenting how Microsoft supports industry standards and extensions.
  • Enhancing Office 2007 to provide greater flexibility of document formats.
  • Launching the Open Source Interoperability Initiative.
  • Expanding industry outreach and dialogue.

More information can be found on the Microsoft Interoperability page. Nice job, ROzzie and SteveB.

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