Microsoft and interoperability: you are kidding?

Earlier today, Brad Smith, Microsoft’s senior vice-president, general counsel, corporate secretary, legal & corporate affairs, held a press conference following the ruling in the European Court of First Instance. The court rejected Microsoft’s claims that the degree of interoperability required by the commission was intended to enable competing workgroup server operating systems to function in every respect like a Windows system and, accordingly, to enable Microsoft’s competitors to clone or reproduce its products.

Smith said Microsoft was more open now, than it has ever been, but it’s hard to see where.

In 1998 Sun accused Microsoft of trying to add proprietary extensions to Java to lock applications to the Windows platform. Sun and Microsoft are now business partners; Sun will ship Windows on its x86 server line, yet Java and .net still don’t talk to each other.

As a user of a Microsoft smartphone, I know the device will only synchronise with a Windows PC. That is not particularly open, is it? Microsoft has also partnered with Novell in order to ensure Novell’s Xen hypervisor supports Windows. How about VMWare?