Microsoft Details Support for ODF in Office 2007 SP2

by Peter Galli on December 17, 2008 09:29pm Microsoft has released documentation that details the implementation of the Open Document Format in Office 2007 Service Pack 2, which is available at no cost on the Document Interoperability Initiative (DII) Web site. This, along with the soon-to-be-released Open XML notes, gives developers insight into how Microsoft…


Eclipse4SL Release Candidate Hits the Streets

by Peter Galli on December 15, 2008 04:34pm The feature complete Release Candidate for Eclipse4SL, an open source, feature-rich RIA application development environment for Microsoft Silverlight in Eclipse, has been released, and can be  downloaded here. This new and important milestone includes a number of new compelling features, including full implementation of the XAML Editor…


Oxite: an Open Source Content Management Platform

by Peter Galli on December 09, 2008 01:40pm I’m on the road with Robert Duffner, our Senior Director of Platform Strategy, talking to tech press in New York, Boston and San Francisco this week. So, imagine my surprise when top Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley ran an article about a new open source content system…


SMB2: a Complete Redesign of the Main Remote File Protocol for Windows

by Peter Galli on December 08, 2008 10:24am SMB (Server Message Block) is a remote file protocol commonly used by Microsoft Windows clients and servers that dates back to 1980’s. Back when it was first used, LANs speeds were typically 10Mbps or less, WAN use was very limited and there were no Wireless LANs. Network…


New Document Format Interop Solutions

by Peter Galli on December 03, 2008 03:05am The work to promote interoperability between different document format implementations is yielding some concrete results. A number of new technology solutions were announced in Brussels on December 3 by the Document Interoperability Initiative (DII), which was launched in March of this year, and where industry leaders and…


A New Appreciation for Open Source in India – and Our Role in it.

by anandeep on November 29, 2008 05:55pm As I stated in my last blog,  I am attending the premier Indian Open Source conference, FOSS.IN, in Bangalore.   This conference had some very technical talks (which I will also blog about) but, like any other Open source conference, it was the people who were the most interesting….


FOSS in India

by anandeep on November 25, 2008 01:47pm I am writing this during lunch at FOSS.IN, the most prominent Open Source conference for developers and FOSS advocates in India.  FOSS.IN is in Bangalore, which is where I graduated high school.  That was a long time ago – and Bangalore has been transformed from the "garden city"…


Berkman Lunch: Open Source at Microsoft – Opportunity or Threat?

by Bryan Kirschner on November 24, 2008 02:47pm I was recently at Harvard for two events.  The first, which I’ll talk about in this blog, was part of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard lunch series. Mario Madden and I were invited to speak at a session called "Microsoft and Open Source:…


Two Years and Counting….

by Peter Galli on November 18, 2008 10:16pm It is two years this month since Microsoft and Novell struck their ground-breaking technical collaboration agreement, a move that has effectively ensured greater interoperability between Windows Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server. This technical collaboration has already resulted in a number of milestones, including two new offerings…


Sun to Distribute the MSN Toolbar

by Peter Galli on November 10, 2008 04:55pm Microsoft and Sun Microsystems have signed a search distribution deal under which the MSN Toolbar, which is powered by Microsoft Live Search, will be available to U.S.-based Internet Explorer users when they download the Java Runtime Environment. The agreement, which is effective today, means that Internet Explorer…