Microsoft has said it would be supporting open source development as part of its interoperability initiative.
Microsoft chief executive officer, Steve Ballmer, said, "Today's action will enable greater transparency and interoperability. Our success depends on providing customers and partners with choice."
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As part of its interoperability initiative, Microsoft has also launched the Open Source Interoperability Initiative. The company's strategy is to promote and enable more interoperability between commercial and community-based open source technologies. Microsoft said it would provide resources, facilities and events, including labs, plug fests, technical content and opportunities for ongoing co-operative development.
Ballmer said, "We will document all of the application programming interfaces of all the communications protocols used by Microsoft products and developers would not need to take a licence "
He also said Microsoft today has published 30,000 pages of documentation of Windows protocols freely available on the Microsoft website.
One of the key aims is to support the needs of end-users who require longevity of their document formats. Microsoft chief software architect Ozzie said document preservation has become vital for users.
Bob Muglia, senior vice-president of server and tools said, "We have been working closely with the open source community. The community behind Samba has worked with us interoperability.
"By June we will publish the protocols in Office 2007 that are used to connect to Exchange and SharePoint 2007."