This seems to be a week of announcements: HD-DVD and now Microsoft is in the news again.
Microsoft 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. These changes are codified into four new interoperability principles and corresponding actions: 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.
Along with everything else over 30,000 pages of documentation on API has been made public.
As I said earlier, Microsoft seems to make a rough U-turn on their policies after facing a few big lawsuits in EU and many complains from developers community in past few years.
Now Balmer really can put his “Developers, Developers, Developers…” mantra in the air again.